unmalted cereals in a single-infusion system
I had the time on Sunday to try an experiment on my 7 BBL system. I brewed up a witbier grain bill with 45% unmalted wheat in it. I wasn't sure if this would be possible with a single infusion and no cereal cooker and I wanted to try it.
Well, it wasn't possible. I missed my gravity target by a pretty wide margin. As a result I sent the thing to the drain. Not a big deal - it was an experiment.
My belief is that either I (1) was unable to fully gelatinize the wheat with a 1 hour 150F rest and/or (2) I was unable to fully convert the starches in that same mash. I think #1 is the main culprit.
Anyone here using 40-50% unmalted cereals in a single infusion mash? I use 20% regularly in other beers with no problem (unmalted rye). I am interested in witbiers and also in cream ale (corn) in the future, hence my experiement. It would be difficult in this brewpub space to "cereal mash" 150 lbs. of grain...
Should I consider getting a pump that can move a cereal mash from my kettle to my mash tun?
Last edited by Supernaut; 05-29-2012 at 09:06 AM.
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