Topic: All Grain Brewing

Build a Continuous Sparging System: Projects

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With one trip to the hardware store and a short build session, you can have your own homemade sparging system. We’ll go step-by-step through the parts and procedures to make this useful piece of all-grain equipment.

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Making the Most of Your Mashes

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Extract efficiency and squeezing the most out of your all-grain mashes.

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Tannins during a decoction

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This is a very good question that inevitably arises when knowledgeable all-grain brewers begin thinking about doing a decoction mash. The conventional rule is to mash-out at around 170 ºF (77 ºC) and not to exceed this temperature during wort collection for the reason you mention. In a traditional triple decoction mash, the mash begins

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Mashing Variables

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So you’ve got the basics of single infusion mashing down? Where do you go from there? Learn the variables that allow you to get a grip on your grain bed.

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Step Mashing: Tips from the Pros

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Brewers from Sprecher and Stone step up to the mic to discuss the ins and outs of step mashing.

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RIMS systems

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I must confess that I am one of those particular brewers who likes nailing my target temperature and appreciate the gadgets of modern brewing. I have a mash mixer where I work that is externally heated with steam and we have a computer system that automatically controls the mashing sequence. We even have some programming

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Cereal Mashing

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Cereal mashing allows you to mash corn grits, rice or unmalted wheat for certain beer styles. It also allows you to experiment with virtually any starchy food. Plus: a “corny” cream ale recipe.

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Infusion vs step mashing.

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Infusion mashing is a traditional method using an unheated mash tun, resulting in a single temperature mash. In reality, the temperature drops slightly over the mash rest and increases during sparging. Step mashing uses a heated mashing vessel, frequently called a mash mixer (or maisch böttich in Germany) and incorporates a number of rests. The

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Decoction Mashing Explained

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Looking to maximize your maltiness? Try boiling your mash! This age-old brewing technique is explained.

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Cheap and Easy Batch Sparging

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Getting into all-grain brewing can be simple. For little more than the cost of a picnic cooler, you can build a simple mash/lauter tun. And, if you use batch sparging, your brew days can be fast and easy. We’ll show you how to build the necessary equipment and how to use it.


Calculate brewhouse efficiency

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The easiest way to calculate brewhouse efficiency is to go metric! You need four pieces of information to perform this straightforward calculation. The data you need is: post boil wort volume in liters (there are 3.785 liters per gallon), post boil specific gravity (for example, 1.056 kg/L), post boil wort density in ºPlato (to approximate,

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Step Mashing Techniques

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Brewing is hard work — so why don’t you rest more often? Let us take you step by step through the process of step mashing.

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