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Does diastatic power reduce with age? Old grain

The only definitive information I could find specific to your question was in the book Malts and Malting: '[Malt] must be stored cool and dry in sealed stores [...] to arrest the decline in enzyme ...
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What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?

It was a lucky guess. There is nothing in that grist bill specific to an IPA. AAMOF, it's NOT an IPA! The OG is too low, for one thing. The recipe even calls itself a pale ale, not an IPA. As to ...
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What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) makes an attempt to describe styles such as this. One such style is IPA (grouped into 3 subcategories: English IPA, American IPA, and Imperial IPA). Have a ...
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Make American 2-row taste like Pilsen

The only real difference between pale and pils malt is about 1L of color. The flavor is actually pretty similar. The best thing to do is to experiment with different pale malts to see if on brand is ...
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Can I clean and reuse a grain bag?

Absolutely! I rinse after use then throw them in with my laundry whites. Couple tips. These don't have to be sterile or even sanitized. A good rinse is really the only functional need they have. ...
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Found Old Grains - Usable?

I buy my 2-row in 40kg bags which lasts me one or two years, no problem there. The flavor is not an issue, the gravity will still be there. However, when it comes to speciality grain, if they are ...
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Using spent grains to smoke meat

Since (most) smokers don't actually burn the "smoking fuel" directly, you should find that a lot of smoke is generated, you should also find that since the spent grain is fairly damp, the amount of ...
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Cuisinart Burr Grinder for small amounts of grain?

I'll answer specifically for this type of mill. Since it uses grind plates, it should work. I would run a handful through to see what it looks like. Remember, you want the hulls to be more or less ...
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Found Old Grains - Usable?

I ordered too large of a bag of roasted chocolate grains, so I've had it two years now. I store it in a dry place, checking regularly to make sure the grains look and taste fine. I've used them in ...
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Is Amber Malt suitable to use as a primary grain?

No diastatic power Means that this malt does not have the required enzymes to break down starches into sugars. In other words, you need to add some malt that has diastatic power in conjunction to ...
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What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?

all you composters. Add your trub to compost. its a great way to get and keep your compost process going. bugs love food and moisture. I actually eat some of it like cereal on brew days. Some of ...
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What does a good grain crush look like?

That actually look really good. Looks like the moisture is keeping the husk from shredding and you have nice crush on the grain. I'm constantly pushing finer and finer for more efficiency. As we all ...
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Crushing malt without a mill

One of my earlier attempts was to use a manual pasta maker in place of a crusher. First, I took out rollers and roughed and knurled them as much as possible using a couple files. Then I screwed it ...
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Which yeast and hops should I use to learn the distinctive taste of various grains?

Pick a style of beer that is balanced more toward malt than hops -- a highly hopped IPA is going to hide a lot of the malt flavor. Something like an ordinary or special Bitter, Scottish ales, blond ...
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Which yeast and hops should I use to learn the distinctive taste of various grains?

Brewing is a lot like cooking. You can't often try ingredients in isolation - you wouldn't normally eat pure salt, pepper, chili, vinegar etc... the taste would be far more potent than it would ...
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A Bit Of Grainy/Sweet Flavor In My Imperial IPA

Pilsner malt is known for having a grainy flavor. Try switching to American 2-Row.
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Which yeast and hops should I use to learn the distinctive taste of various grains?

I generally agree with most of the recommendations, but I would shy away from a lot of the hops choices, especially Fuggles. It has an earthy, woody flavor that could conflict. I'd recommend a small ...
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Specialty Grains, To boil or not to boil

To expand from Chris Dargis's comments, specialty grains are called that because they contribute more flavor than they do fermentable sugars. In extract and partial mash brewing (what you're looking ...
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Is Amber Malt suitable to use as a primary grain?

Not this one no diastatic power This means that there are no active enzymes. Or at least none that could create maltose, so even if you would create some wort-like liquid, it would not be good ...
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Replace corn adjunct of recipe with...?

Sound more like a Cream Ale recipe, Blonde Ale shouldn't have corn. It can be up to 25% wheat though, I would replace the flaked corn with flaked wheat, or just 2-row to remove it completely. I've ...
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Can I damage a grain mill by milling corn or sorghum?

I would doubt it - the mill is made of steel, which I imagine is orders of magnitude more robust than any cereal you put through it. But if in doubt contact the manufacturer to be sure.
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How to clean a cotton grain bag for reuse

For the sake of convenience I would replace them with nylon bags either from your LHBS or nylon paint strainer bags from your hardware store. The nylon bags clean very easily and have a very fine ...
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What does a good grain crush look like?

In general, what you're looking for is removal of the husk and to increase the surface area to volume ratio, to a certain extent. Why to a certain extent? Flour has a very high surface area to volume ...
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Cuisinart Burr Grinder for small amounts of grain?

If it's just your specialty grains intended for steeping. You can grind with anything it to near flour since it will be in a grain bag.
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Found Old Grains - Usable?

I have used grains that old and it's been fine. Maybe if you have some kind of super palate you might be able to tell the difference but my friends and I can't. The only time I would be cautious of ...
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Interpreting how diastatic power impacts the mash

Malting companies will provide the DP values for each malt (at least some do, ie: https://www.simpsonsmalt.co.uk/our-malts/finest-pale-ale-maris-otter/) The process of "roasting" malts (...
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Replace corn adjunct of recipe with...?

I think wheat when I think fruit beers. So I'd say 1:1 replacement with wheat. You could experiment with traditional malted, flaked or torrified wheat. In some ways, the are similar in others they ...
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Accidentally mixed ginger in with ginger beer plant grains--how can I fix this?

You will be fine, it will either get consumed or diluted as you grow and divide your plant.
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Making a Modified Fat Tire Clone

I'm sure you can find a good base recipe from the other answers, here's some suggestions for your modifications. More Malt consider a small Melonoiden Malt addition for Maillard notes (biscuit, bread ...
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Making a Modified Fat Tire Clone

Apparently, this recipe came from the original authors of the beer you are cloning: Fat Tire Clone (December): 5 gal, OG = 1.050, FG = 1.013 IBU = 19, SRM = 14, ABV = 4.7% 8# 10 ...
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