A mixture of grain and water, used to convert complex carbohydrates in grain into sugars that yeast can convert into alcohol.

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Homebrewing: Decoction Mashing

Many beers, especially German, are produced with a method called decoction mash. In that, the rising of mash temperature is achieved each time by talking a portion of the MASH, boiling it, and adding ...
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How do I do a sour mash?

I might want to do a sour mash, if it's easy. How's it done?
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How do I adjust mash temperature and thickness to add body to a beer?

My most successful brew to date has been Northern Brewer's Scottish 80/- extract kit. It was a dead ringer for Belhaven, but lacked Belhaven's body and mouthfeel, maybe due to the fermentability of ...
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Using flakes in a mash

Do you just mix them with the grains or cook them first to get them gelatinized? What are the pros and cons of each method? What portion of the fermentables can be in flake form?
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Grains for Mashing and Grains for Steeping

Does anyone have a list they care to post that lists the "must mash" and "steepable" grains? Might be nice content for the site overall.
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Cereal Mashing for Adjuncts

What is the step-by-step process for cereal mashing adjuncts? Please include temps and grain to volume ratios.
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What is conversion?

While answering another question, about mash temperature, the question about conversion and how long it takes came up. So what is conversion? I think we all know its the process of enzymes converting ...
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Insulating My Mash Tun

I have a pretty typical converted keg mash tun. Over the course of a sixty minute mash it loses 8-10ยบ F. My previous mash tun, a converted cooler would only drop a few degrees and I would like to be ...
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Preventing a Stuck Sparge

What steps pre-mash can be taken to limit the likelihood of a stuck sparge?
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Cara Pils Dextrine

Want to use Cara Pils-Dextrine in my next brew to add body and aid in head retention. I have not made the jump to all grain yet, and I am doing a partial mash. Will steeping/mini-mashing Cara Pils ...