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Mash Tuns

Mashing is an important process in making beer, and many all-grain homebrewers prefer to use a dedicated vessel for this purpose called a mash tun. It is the stage when hot water is used to steep and hydrate the barley grains to activate the malt enzymes as well as convert the grain starches into fermentable sugar. Without this phase, fermentation of beer will never commence because there is too little sugar found in the wort.

This particular process in brewing beer is usually done in a vessel called a mash tun. Mash tuns are similar to brew kettles but they are well insulated so that they can maintain constant temperature. Moreover, most also come with false bottoms and a spigot to separate the barley grains from the wort. These accessories allow you to sparge the wort in the mash tun.

If you operate a big home brewing system, you need to use a dedicated mash tun that can handle larger volumes of mash. It should also have a thicker bottom to prevent the grains from burning during the mashing period. (continue reading below)
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Some home brewers create their own mash tun by using their extra brew pots. They drill holes so that they can install a spigot or mini ball valve for the wort to flow through to another vessel. However, making your own mash tun from ordinary brew pots can be a difficult thing to do especially if you don’t have any DIY prowess.

As a solution, getting your own professional-grade mash tun is a great way to be able to go through the mashing phase without any problem. They come with the necessary accessories like a thermometer and ball valves so that you can mash the barley grains using the appropriate temperature and then drain the wort to another vessel. Moreover, it is also crucial to get the mash tun accessories such as a stirrer or ladle to mix your mash so that the malt does not burn at the bottom of the mash tun.