Mini Mash

Mini Mash

Post by Ken Gra » Sun, 09 Dec 2001 08:22:03



I'm wanting to do a mini mash to creep into the all-grain process. I'm
trying to formulate a recipe for an IPA (I have whitbred from the secondary
in the fridge).
What would be some good grains to do a mini mash with for that style, well,
style doesn't matter much to me really, I just want a good beer.
I plan to go to the LHBS for whatever else I need, but here is what I have
on-hand:
I have plenty extra light DME, some choc, and some black patent.
In the hop area I have:
2oz cascade
1.5oz willamette
.5oz perle
3oz EKG
2oz NB
1oz fuggle
I list these because I would like to build around what I have. I know the
dark grains mentioned aren't mashable grains. I was thinking a pound or so
of 2-row and ???
I don't think I'll use the dark grains anyway, as I would like to keep this
brew as light as possible, maybe some light crystal?
I plan to pick up Designing Great Beers at the shop, but need some help now.
Thanks,
Ken
 
 
 

Mini Mash

Post by Denny Con » Sun, 09 Dec 2001 08:30:12


Hi Ken,

I'd add a pound or two of Munich to your minimash.  I never do an IPA
without it!

        -------->Denny

Quote:

> I'm wanting to do a mini mash to creep into the all-grain process. I'm
> trying to formulate a recipe for an IPA (I have whitbred from the secondary
> in the fridge).
> What would be some good grains to do a mini mash with for that style, well,
> style doesn't matter much to me really, I just want a good beer.
> I plan to go to the LHBS for whatever else I need, but here is what I have
> on-hand:
> I have plenty extra light DME, some choc, and some black patent.
> In the hop area I have:
> 2oz cascade
> 1.5oz willamette
> .5oz perle
> 3oz EKG
> 2oz NB
> 1oz fuggle
> I list these because I would like to build around what I have. I know the
> dark grains mentioned aren't mashable grains. I was thinking a pound or so
> of 2-row and ???
> I don't think I'll use the dark grains anyway, as I would like to keep this
> brew as light as possible, maybe some light crystal?
> I plan to pick up Designing Great Beers at the shop, but need some help now.
> Thanks,
> Ken


 
 
 

Mini Mash

Post by John Palme » Sun, 09 Dec 2001 09:32:04


Yep, about 2-3 pounds of pale ale malt, a half pound of Munich malt, a
1/4-1/2 pound of Crystal 60 or 40. Mash that, sparge, add your extract, hop
with the EKG and Fuggle, and you have a nice IPA. Check out Section III of
my online book for mashing info.
Good Brewing,
John

--
John Palmer

How To Brew - the online book
http://www.howtobrew.com
(free, all rights reserved)
Homepage:
http://www.realbeer.com/jjpalmer



Quote:
> Hi Ken,

> I'd add a pound or two of Munich to your minimash.  I never do an IPA
> without it!

> -------->Denny


> > I'm wanting to do a mini mash to creep into the all-grain process. I'm
> > trying to formulate a recipe for an IPA (I have whitbred from the
secondary
> > in the fridge).
> > What would be some good grains to do a mini mash with for that style,
well,
> > style doesn't matter much to me really, I just want a good beer.
> > I plan to go to the LHBS for whatever else I need, but here is what I
have
> > on-hand:
> > I have plenty extra light DME, some choc, and some black patent.
> > In the hop area I have:
> > 2oz cascade
> > 1.5oz willamette
> > .5oz perle
> > 3oz EKG
> > 2oz NB
> > 1oz fuggle
> > I list these because I would like to build around what I have. I know
the
> > dark grains mentioned aren't mashable grains. I was thinking a pound or
so
> > of 2-row and ???
> > I don't think I'll use the dark grains anyway, as I would like to keep
this
> > brew as light as possible, maybe some light crystal?
> > I plan to pick up Designing Great Beers at the shop, but need some help
now.
> > Thanks,
> > Ken

 
 
 

Mini Mash

Post by <ar.. » Sun, 09 Dec 2001 09:47:22


Quote:

> I'm wanting to do a mini mash to creep into the all-grain process. I'm
> trying to formulate a recipe for an IPA (I have whitbred from the secondary
> in the fridge).
> What would be some good grains to do a mini mash with for that style, well,
> style doesn't matter much to me really, I just want a good beer.
> I plan to go to the LHBS for whatever else I need, but here is what I have
> on-hand:
> I have plenty extra light DME, some choc, and some black patent.
> In the hop area I have:
> 2oz cascade
> 1.5oz willamette
> .5oz perle
> 3oz EKG
> 2oz NB
> 1oz fuggle
> I list these because I would like to build around what I have. I know the
> dark grains mentioned aren't mashable grains. I was thinking a pound or so
> of 2-row and ???

I'm a big fan of Munich malt for mini-mashes, because it's maltiness compensates
nicely for lack of this character in a lot of extracts.  I typically do a 3 lb
mini-mash, as this is about the most that can be handled in regular "large size"
kitchen pots (10 quart), and sparged in a large collander lined with cloth.  Saves
me having to get out my "real" all-grain stuff.  I mash-in with around a quart of
water at 130F per pound, give it a brief protein rest (probably not needed, but
ensures the grain is well wetted), then 2 or three cups of boiling water to get
the temp up a bit.  Finally, warm it on the stove, set the heat so the temp goes
up no faster than 2 or 3 degrees a minute, stirring all the time.  When you
hit the strike temp put it in a 150F warm oven and turn the heat off in the oven.
Wait an hour, it will be more than done.

For an IPA I'd mash 3 lb Munich at 154F, on the high end of mash temps to
accentuate the body, and then add light malt extract until you get to the
target gravity.  The Munich is on the dark side, so it may make your brew a bit
darker than you like.  But you don't need to add any crystal malt, given the
high mash temp you'll get plenty of body.

Hops are up to you.  Sounds like you have a good assortment.

--arne

DISCLAIMER:  These opinions and statements are those of the author and
do not represent any views or positions of the Hewlett-Packard Co.

 
 
 

Mini Mash

Post by Denny Con » Sun, 09 Dec 2001 09:55:12


1/2 lb. Munich?  Ah, c'mon, John, live it up!  Go for at least a pound.
:)

        -------->Denny

Quote:

> Yep, about 2-3 pounds of pale ale malt, a half pound of Munich malt, a
> 1/4-1/2 pound of Crystal 60 or 40. Mash that, sparge, add your extract, hop
> with the EKG and Fuggle, and you have a nice IPA. Check out Section III of
> my online book for mashing info.
> Good Brewing,
> John

> --
> John Palmer

> How To Brew - the online book
> http://www.howtobrew.com
> (free, all rights reserved)
> Homepage:
> http://www.realbeer.com/jjpalmer