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Mash Techniques - BrewChatter LIVE June 20th, 2020

Join us as we talk all about Mashing and see the Show Notes below
Mash Techniques Show Notes
  • Welcome/Thank You for joining
  • Brief overview of topic
  • We are drinking Hereteic Tangerine Tornado and Imbib Tropic Funker, ask audience what they’re drinking
  • We wanted to brew a Wheat Wine, but our pump died!  Ask audience what they have brewing
  • Store Updates
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    • Nevada BrewChallenge
    • BrewChatter Rentals will go live early next week
      • Talk about the canner
Mash Techniques
  • Begin by going over Mash techniques
    • BIAB
    • Traditional Mash Tun
    • BrewZilla
  • BIAB
    • What we’ve made BIAB (Heavy Half for sure - I think we’ve done West Coast Amber, Citra Pale Ale, California Uncommon and a version of Kaiser’s Reserve BIAB, too, but I can’t remember exactly)
    • All water, all grain, all at once in a bag - 
    • Without 5.2,  you lose efficiency because the pH goes far outside of ideal and the enzymes have trouble doing the work to create conversion
    • Modified BIAB where you still calc mash water and sparge in a more traditional way
  • Traditional - False Bottom or Manifold in a dedicated vessel with a Lauter Tun/Sparge Tank
    • Expand on the big system, how we set up QD’s and a pump to transfer vessel to vessel
    • Talk about pump breaking so that we couldn’t brew today
    • Talk about building cooler mash tuns with false bottoms and manifolds
  • Refer them to the video we made about making a mash tun - super helpful info
  • Touch on Herms and RIMS 
  • HERMS is  Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System
        • Usually set up in your HLT/Sparge Tank
        • Recirculation makes for even mash distribution and sugar conversion with consistent heat - very dialed
  • RIMS is Recirculating Infusion Mash System
        • Recirc is through a tube with an element - almost the same thing, but more concise
      • Expand on benefits of both
        • Consistent recirculating mash increases efficiency and ensures that your mash temp is ideal for the whole mash
        • RIMS is a smaller, more concise system, whereas HERMS requires another vessels, like the sparge tank, to work
        • Both require some technical know how and extra equipment to work properly
          • PID Controller
          • Temp elements
          • Pump
  • Finding the right mash technique for you and your equipment
    • There’s about 100,000 different ways to mash, and there’s no wrong way, you just have to dial in your process 
    • Robobrew/Brewzilla and how they’re classified - touch on modified sparge method for these
      • These are modified BIAB systems
      • Recirculating mash makes for monster efficiency every time
      • Sparge method is kind of a modified batch sparge/bastardized fly sparge
    • Touch on stuck mashes and ways to fix them
      • Don’t be afraid to reset the grain bed as many times as you have to to get the juices flowing.  You can always do another vorlauf, and it’s usually better to reset than sit there for a 4 hours sparge
      • There’s a myth that you’ll ruin your beer if you touch the mash after it’s started.  It’s not true!  Don’t be afraid to make your mash work for you!
      • Like pouring them painfully through into another vessel through a bag and figuring out how you’re going to sparge the bag