Tag Archives: all-grain

  • All Grain Brew Day: Crush to Pitch

    OK, so you want to try all grain. But what goes into an all grain brew day? There are two basic methods of mashing grain, with branches off of those. Using a mash tun or using the Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB) method. I’m going to focus on the more traditional mash tun, but rest assured that BIAB will produce equally excellent all-grain beer as well. Make Sure Everything Is Accounted For Figure out what beer you want to brew, then ma...

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  • Maintaining Mash Temperature

    When I did my first all-grain batch, I had no end of issues with keeping the mash temperature where I wanted it. It seemed simply impossible to get it even close to stable for a whole hour; I’d overshoot, then see the temperature drop too far, and I was always correcting by adding boiling or cold water. I had a few batches there where the results were just completely unpredictable, and it caused me a lot of frustration until...

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  • Brewing Malt Comparison Chart

    There are so many types of brewing malt available to us homebrewers that making a unique recipe actually isn't that hard despite there being over 4,000 breweries in the United States alone. The table below is a list of each arranged by Lovibond (color). Show the Base Malts only Show the Steeping malts only Grains Arranged By Lovibond Value Name Potential SRM Mash Required? Max Grain Bill % Flavors & Characteristics Sub...

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  • Quick Hits 03: Homebrewing Questions Answered

    In the last Quick Hits, we answered homebrewing questions about hops and hop spiders, secondaries, head retention, and more. This time around we're answering homebrewing questions regarding yeast, oxidation, dunk sparging, and more; • What's so Great About Liquid Yeast? • How Long Does Saved Yeast Last? • Problems Caused by High Fermentation Temperature • What is a Dunk Sparge? • Preventing Oxygen Exposure at B...

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  • Quick Hits: Homebrewing Questions Answered 02

    In the first Quick Hits, we answered homebrewing questions about packaging, special B malt, and mead issues. We're still getting a steady flow of questions that only need a short answer. This week's homebrewing questions are; • How To Use A Hop Spider. • When Should I Use A Secondary? • Tuning Your Propane Burner. • How Do You Dry Hop In A Keg? • What's The Best Way To Store Grain? • Why Is There No Head On My Beer...

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  • Mashing and Sparging Methods

    Mashing is a tool that all grain brewers use to convert the starches in grain into fermentable sugars. If you're new to all-grain brewing or are ready to take the leap from extract, this is a great article to get your feet wet. If you're contemplating between extract vs all grain brewing, one difference is that you will need to mash in order to brew all grain beer. What is Mashing? What is Sparging? Mashing and sparging are tw...

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  • Extract Vs. All Grain - An Unbiased Look

    Methods for homebrewing beer typically fall underneath one of two styles, Extract or All-Grain. Whether you are a new brewer choosing the path you’ll take, or an experienced one entertaining a change of pace, we’ll look at both methods with an unbiased approach to help you determine which format fits you best. We'll look at three wort preparation setups. Brew-in-a-Bag (BIAB), which is a single vessel all grain approach. T...

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  • Benefits of Wet Milling and Grain Conditioning

    Rumored to be originally popularized by traditional German breweries for more efficient lautering, grain conditioning is a simple technique that involves applying a small amount of water to a grain bill prior to milling. Over a small amount of time, this freshly applied moisture is absorbed into the husk of the grains which increases its pliability and resilience through the crushing process. With just a few household items an...

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  • Beginner’s Guide to All-Grain Homebrewing

    Mash, and sparge and grist, oh my! Mash, and sparge and grist, oh my! Just as Dorothy was overwhelmed when she entered Oz, moving into all-grain homebrewing can seem just as daunting. With a little determination, the right tools, and some helpful friends you will soon be on the yellow brick road to making great beer. I got into all-grain brewing (AG) about 5 batches ago, and I love how it opens up more of the world of brewing ...

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