Mixing the mash

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Mixing the mash

Unread postby Okire » Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:28 am

A cheap paint mixer on a power drill is great for mixing you mash. Some breaks for mixing during mashing greatly improves efficiency.

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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:34 am

They are also great for aerating your wort, I've got one of these:

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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby bruulog » Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:41 am

Can this be used for whirlpool too or is it pulling liquid up from the bottom?
I think flat blades are probably better for whirlpool (you do not want to add air to your hot worth)
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby BrauTim » Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:35 am

Mine definitely pulls (or pushes, depending on which way the drill is going) from the bottom.
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby Eldoreth » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:50 am

How do you guys 'pause' the programmed steps on th BM to stir the mash? Just curious.
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby MattSR » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:00 am

Also what sort of efficiency gains do you see?
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby BrauTim » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:50 am

Just press the stop buttons and it stops waiting for you to press the resume button.

Efficiency gains from stirring the mash depend on the mash itself and what the crush is like, some brewdays I stir, others I don't it all depends on how the mash is progressing, but a stir halfway through certainly seems to give me a better result, I couldn't say what the gain is though as I've not made measurements or done it often enough.
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby bruulog » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:04 am

get yourself one of those, a stainless steel skimmer:
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Make sure, it's a strong one, used in pro kitchens and not some 10 c p.o.s knock off from China.
Perfect tool for mix the mash if needed. (and you can skim some foam off your wort, before hot break too)
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby Eldoreth » Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:49 pm

It means opening the upper sieves mid brew trying not to burn yourself right?
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby bruulog » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:12 am

Eldoreth wrote:It means opening the upper sieves mid brew trying not to burn yourself right?


What? No pink rubber gloves in your brew/tool box? :)
Actually, haven't mixed while mashing with BM. Usually I do it right after adding malts.
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby Eldoreth » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:30 pm

My gloves are yellow....am I in trouble now?
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby BrauTim » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:50 pm

The worst part about mixing the mash is the upper fine filter, it's a pain to get it out without lifting a pile of grains with it, someone needs to invent a lifter so that it comes out cleanly.
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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby Twonky » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:02 pm

BrauTim wrote:The worst part about mixing the mash is the upper fine filter, it's a pain to get it out without lifting a pile of grains with it, someone needs to invent a lifter so that it comes out cleanly.


The general solution is to use some stainless steel wire to attach the mesh to the filter plate ;-)

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Re: Mixing the mash

Unread postby BrauTim » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:00 am

Twonky wrote:
BrauTim wrote:The worst part about mixing the mash is the upper fine filter, it's a pain to get it out without lifting a pile of grains with it, someone needs to invent a lifter so that it comes out cleanly.


The general solution is to use some stainless steel wire to attach the mesh to the filter plate ;-)

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