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43308Re: Wheat Mash

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  • Becool Stayslinky
    Feb 18, 2013
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      This might be of interest from the alcohol textbook:

      Gelatinization temperature ranges of various feedstocks

      Standard 62-72 C ( 144-162 F )
      High amylose 1 67->80 C ( 153-176 F )
      High amylose 2 67->80 C ( 153-176 F )
      Barley 52-59 C ( 126-138 F )
      Rye 57-70 C ( 135-158 F )
      Rice (polished) 68-77 C ( 154-171 F )
      Sorghum (milo) 68-77 C ( 154-171 F )
      Wheat 58-64 C ( 136-147 F )

      This is the cooking temperature that you hold for an hour or so to hydrate the starch molecules so that they enzymes can work on them. In my cooking procedure I bring 7 gallons of water to a boil, turn off the heat and add 20 pounds of finely ground wheat, with a little bit of enzyme mixed through the last few pounds to make the mix more stirrable. After all the grain is mixed in, the temperature is at about 180-185, well above the required temp for cooking wheat, but doesn't hurt it and speeds up the hydration of the starches. I it let stand for about an hour, mixing occasionally before moving to the liquefaction step where the alpha amylase enzyme is used.

      BTW- I make up the rest of the liquid content in the mash by adding ice blocks to bring the temp down in the subsequent steps.


      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "allibugger" <allibugger@...> wrote:
      > White Bear,
      > The recipe called for heating the water to 165 degrees, turning off the heat, pitching the wheat and letting it cool to 85 degrees before pitching the yeast. I don't know if that is what you call cooking it or not. I did not grind the wheat. Thanks. Alli
      > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, White Bear <sha_man_1@> wrote:
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      > > Alli-
      > >   With a lot of grain mashes there will be some floating, this is normal.  This is called "the cap"  Wheat being so fiberous will have the tendency to do this more if you are using whole or cracked wheat.  Try to get ground wheat or grind your own.  The cap will soon waterlog and things will settle down after a while.  Just keep stirring the cap into the mash and try varying the grind on your next batch.  Did you cook the mash before pitching the yeast?
      > > WB
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      > > From: allibugger <allibugger@>
      > > To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      > > Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2013 2:21 PM
      > > Subject: [new_distillers] Wheat Mash
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      > > Howdy All,
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      > > Reading the recent questions/answers regarding mashing processes, I have a question. I have tried several corn based recipes and am now experimenting with a flaked wheat vodka recipe. I notice after the yeast is pitched and the top is put on the fermenter, the wheat floats to the top and somewhat dries out. This also seems to slow down the fermentation process - when I take the top off and still it well, the bubbling picks up for a while until the wheat floats back up. Is this a problem or just how it works? Thanks
      > > Alli
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