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Mini-mash Technique

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Thoughts and musings

With credit to Jon TWR over at, here is one way to mini-mash for the LBK:

Heat a quart and a half of water to about 160*, add your grains in a grain bag and maintain it at about 150* for an hour. While that’s going on, heat another 2 quarts of water to 175* in another pot. After the mash, tea-bag the grains in the other pot (the sparge water) for 10 minutes. Then discard the grains and combine the liquids and continue as usual.

Thanks, Jon!


Welcome to my new home on the inter webs! This site is here primarily to keep my brewing notes as I learn to brew beer at home.

A bit of background for you: I started brewing in January 2012 with the Mr. Beer system that I purchased on a whim at For now, I’m going to stick with the extracts to learn my way around the brewhouse…err, kitchen. I started with the included West Coast Pale Ale, following the directions precisely, except for the timing. I used the 2-2-2 method as recommended at (that’s 2 weeks fermenting, 2 weeks carbing, and 2 weeks conditioning).

During the wait time, I’ve already discovered a great deal about home brewing from reading up online. I’m excited to start the new hobby and see where it leads! I welcome your input as I begin this adventure, and certainly welcome you to borrow any recipe you find interesting!