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mini mash and specialty grains

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coypoo:
Im an extract brewer and want to make the small step up to mini mashing. My question is, if im going to mash ~3lbs of malt, do i wait to add the specialty grains and step them like i normally would if I were doing an extract batch, or can I add them with the base malt and go from there? thanks

bonjour:
Either way will work fine.  Most brewers will mix all the malt together

Fred

coypoo:
cool, that would save a lot of time. when you are mini mashing, what % of your gravity do you want to get from your malt, as much as possible?

woody:
throw the specialty malts right in the mini mash.    The only time you might want to steep the specialty malts separately is if you're using a lot of roasted malts, i.e. in a stout.    The roasted malts can drop the pH too low on such a small mash.   

Lynux:

--- Quote ---what % of your gravity do you want to get from your malt, as much as possible?
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Yes, I would mash as much as your setup will allow.  Do you use any software to calculate OG?  I would go with 50-60% efficiency for a mini mash.

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