I ordered a Pale Rye Ale kit from AHS recently, and being a newbie, ordered it as an extract kit, not knowing that rye must be mashed. I'm not sure why AHS even makes the extract version an option, other than perhaps the possibility that simply steeping the rye will give you some rye character, though not the optimal result. I'm tempted to try to convert this to a mini-mash recipe for better results. I don't remember the hop schedule off the top of my head but the fermentables were, I believe:
2lb Rye malt
8oz 2-row pale
8oz 120L Crystal
7lb Extra pale LME
Would you just take the steeping grains here and mash them as is? I know that's probably not a proper conversion to a mini-mash recipe but I imagine it would at least properly make use of the 2-row and rye. Would simply steeping the 2-row and rye do anything? I'm thinking of trying a BIAB mini-mash with this, but I'm halfway tempted to just let things lie and brew as instructed in the kit, and just leave the mashing for a future brew day.