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147º-164º Mash Temp-Sacrificing Enzymes-or, will The Brew Bag® melt?

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147º-164º Mash Temp-Sacrificing Enzymes-or, will The Brew Bag® melt?

The question that needs asking is "why would I need to maintain exact mash temperature?" The answer is based on a number of assumptions by most brewers, but ultimately, the answer is based on detectability by those consuming the beer. 

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Brew In A Bag vs.The Dreaded Stuck Sparge

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Brew In A Bag vs.The Dreaded Stuck Sparge

We read a lot of articles on the brewing process, and lately we came across two that addressed the issue of the dreaded stuck sparge. The sparge is post mash washing of the sugars from the grains and is accomplished by methodically adding just enough water to the mash tun to "float" the top portion of the grain bed. To allow outflow some sort of manifold with approximately 1/16" holes is inserted in the bottom of the tun. This lets gravity and pressure work together to provide an outlet for the heavier sugar laden wort. The manifold is connected to...

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Homebrew Academy review of the The Brew Bag®

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Homebrew Academy review of the The Brew Bag®

Todd Hamm took our Round Cooler Bag for a test drive. You can see his video here. 

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Moving Sugar Water - Filter vs Pickup

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Conversion and MIlling Converting starch to sugar is a complicated molecular process but as brewers we witness the simplicity of that process by milling grain, mixing in hot water and waiting for the magic to happen. Depending on your process, sixty to one-hundred-twenty minutes later we have wort (sugar water).  Milling the grain breaks it up so the hot water can kick the enzymes (on the outer layer of the seed) into action and convert the endosperm (starch) into fermentable sugar. This process is known as conversion (literally converting starch to sugar through molecular action) and depending on the mix...

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Let's compare brewing filters - No is the new Yes

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As a viable small business, we're about 11 months in and happy to report that The Brew Bag is growing nicely. When the reality that the market was underserved with a strong reliable brew bag way back in January of 2013, I thought I would be supplying home brewers with bags, and that's about it. What has happened however, is more than that. Home brewer's are an independent lot.  I know this because I'm one of them, and I talk to a lot of them on social media, the phone, and via this site.  An important aspect of home brewing...

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