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Video Tip: The Reasons for Adjusting Your Mash Temperature

Learning to adjust your mash temperature and thickness based on the beer you're brewing will bring out the right flavors in your malts, resulting in better-tasting beer. We show you how in this video tip of the week.

When you're selecting the temperature for your mash-in, you'll have to decide if you want to have a thicker mash or a thinner mash, as well as the temperature.
- If you're brewing a stout and you mash a bit thicker, and at a higher temperature, you're going to pull out some of the notes from the specialty grains and the caramel notes than you would from a thinner mash.
- If you're going for a crisp Pilsner, you'll want a lower temperature, thinner mash, which will give your beer a cleaner finish.
- This will also affect the amount you will sparge with later on. The more water you run through your sparge, the more husk flavor you'll extract, and a thinner mash will mute some of those background base grain flavors.

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