Beer Term ‘O the Day: Cereal mash. Rice and oatmeal donâ€™t go through the first step of malting, so what you do is cook them firstâ€¦ When you touch or bite uncooked rice, you can feel itâ€™s hard to bite through the outer shellâ€¦ when you cook it, however, it becomes really softâ€¦. well just like you, the enzymes will have a hard time getting through the shell of uncooked rice, but once you cook it, the starches inside become accessibleâ€¦ the same goes for oatmeal, corn, flaked corn, and other similar adjunctsâ€¦
When you first cook an adjunct to make its starches more accessible and then add it to the main mash, you call that a cereal mashâ€¦ also known as adjunct mashâ€¦
James Visger lives in Clarksville, TN, he’s a BJCP beer judge, has a lovely wife named Jami, and is president of The Clarksville Carboys. Rumors that he rides wild boars through the streets of Clarksville at 3 in the morning are untrue… mostly.