Topic: All Grain Brewing

Storing Grains

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This is a good question, Ray. The most important thing to prevent when storing malt is an increase in the moisture content. When malt is kilned, the moisture content is normally reduced to

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Mash Temperatures

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Unfortunately, enzymes do not “renature” once they have been heated to the point of thermal inactivation and later cooled. Enzyme denaturation can be likened to cooking an egg, since egg whites and


No-Sparge Brewing

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I am definitely a subscriber to the idea that keeping things simple is a benefit to many things that brewers do in the pursuit of great beer. Simplifying things can have a

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Mash Hopping

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The direct answer to this question is no. Hops do not need to be figured into the water-to-malt calculus. This ratio is used to determine strike water temperature and has a real


Hot Liquor Tank Temperatures

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Paul, the direct answer to your question is “no”; using 200 °F (93 °F) water to heat wort with a copper coil heat exchanger is not going to hurt your efficiency. The important


Decoction Mashing

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I really like this approach! This is the first time I have heard of your method and cannot think of any huge problems. It is certainly similar to decoction mashing, except that

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Step Mashing Techniques

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Learn the steps of step mashing, and when (or if) they are necessary.

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Mash Starches

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Mr. Wizard analyzes what happens to starches in the mash tun & more.

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Overnight Acidification

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When you want to brew a sour beer but don’t want to wait months to drink it, try kettle souring.


Mixing Valve: Projects

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Achieve a precise water temperature for mashing in or lautering by building a mixing valve.

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Build A Heated Mash Tun: Projects

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Keep your mash temperatures constant by building your own internally heated mash tun.


Hitting final gravities

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This is a difficult question to address because there are some important facts that are missing, such as wort original gravity (OG), grist bill, mashing method, yeast strain and fermentation temperature. But

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