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#41 postSingularityHumanoid

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 06:09 AM

every mash is a decoction mash.  it's basically required.



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Posted 11 December 2022 - 01:27 PM

Are you basing this on specs from the malter?

yep


Denny step mashing? Man how times have changed!

It's so fast and easy with the G40 that there's no reason not to do it when necessary. OTOH, if I'm making an IPA with well modified malt, it's a single rest always.


He's going to order a whirligig next.

:)


every mash is a decoction mash.  it's basically required.

what?



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Posted 11 December 2022 - 02:23 PM

That was a joke, Denny!

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Posted 11 December 2022 - 04:32 PM

I went from propane, HLT, Igloo cooler mash tun, and boil kettle to electric Brew In A Bag. Never looked back.

If you putting together your first brew rig, BIAB is the no brainier choice. If you are already set up and brewing, things to consider.

You investment:
A BIAB bag
Method to lift bag out of kettle
Eventually you will want a pump to step or maintain temps (or insulate your kettle)

With what you have now, you could convert to a 2 vessel system. Get a pump and maybe a BIAB bag, Many ways to skin that cat.

How big is you kettle? 10 gallon BIAB for 5 gallon batches are tricky as your grain bill gets larger. 15 gallon kettle is easy street.

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Posted 11 December 2022 - 08:08 PM

I currently mash in a 20 gallon kettle and boil in a 15 gallon kettle. I could make it work and even still batch sparge if I wanted to.

I'd need to get the bag and a way to hold it up as you say. I'd also need to modify my MT slightly because it has a pointy thermometer sticking into it.

Edited by postSingularityHumanoid, 11 December 2022 - 08:08 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2022 - 11:44 PM

I made frame with 2x4 and 3/8" bolts, nuts and washers. For me, space is and portability is an issue. It breaks down into a stack of 2x4s. It comes together in 5-10 minutes.

Depends on many factor for how big of a challenge and how expensive housing up 50-100 lbs of weight grain will be.

You want to measure the water temp before adding the grains and you want to measure and monitor the mash once the grains are in the water. You could do that with a hand held thermometer.

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Posted 12 December 2022 - 06:06 AM

I already only use that thermo for knowing roughly what's going on.  I use the thermapen for my real measurements.




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