Author Topic: American Wheat/Rye Ale - Mash Temps?  (Read 6741 times)

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American Wheat/Rye Ale - Mash Temps?
« on: March 16, 2010, 11:40:21 PM »
I am making an American Wheat this weekend.  The grain bill will include 60% wheat and I was wondering if the normal mash temperature scale works the same for wheat as it does for mashes made predominately of barley.

I am going for a beer with a noticeable maltiness with some left-over unfermentables.  I am hoping to impart a crisp Rye character as well.

Anyone have any suggestions as to the saccharification temp/s?  Step mash needed?

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Re: American Wheat/Rye Ale - Mash Temps?
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010, 08:21:07 AM »
I would do a two step mash to prep the rye and wheat for Sacrification. The first one at 122F for 30 min. Then because you want a full bodied beer, the second at 158 for 60 min. Same temps as barley because the same enzymes are at work.

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Re: American Wheat/Rye Ale - Mash Temps?
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010, 01:36:38 PM »
Thanks Preston.  I was thinking about something along those lines.  What do you think about a 2-step sacc. mash? (140F and 15xF)  Would this be beneficial along side the 122 rest to get some more fermentables in the wort?  Or perhaps this would leave the beer a bit too dry?
Brad

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Re: American Wheat/Rye Ale - Mash Temps?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010, 07:33:16 AM »
I would agree some protein rest would be helpful with that much wheat and rye. 

Somewhere recently I read that the low-end prot rest (~122F) promoted amino acids, which ends up as yeast food, and the high-end rest temp (~133F) promotes more medium-length proteins that lead to a fuller mouthfeel.  But Palmer says that is crap (pg 146). 

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Re: American Wheat/Rye Ale - Mash Temps?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2010, 07:40:13 AM »
If you stepped it like that it would dry it out. Brew it and if you don't like it, change it. How bad can it be, Its beer! d:

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