Originally Posted by bluedragoon85
... and that is about it. I was curious to about the 2-row since I read somewhere that it is a base grain. However, it is an extract brew, but it would be nice to get that doubt out of my head as to why I'm using 2-row.
I know with victory malt, you can both mash and steep...So that can be used either in Extract with grains or AG... I've not seen 2 row in the grainbill for other company's kits...I wonder if Forrest at Austin Homebrew Supply can jump on to explain why. I googled "steeping 2 row" last night and found no info....
But I did find a couple extract w/grains recipes on the web that included it (one for a hefe), but they usually called for a 60 minute steep rather than the traditional 30 minutes. hmmm...
But looking at some AG info, it looks like 155 is an acceptable temp for mashing with 2 row... SO it looks like there is some enzymatic action gained from steeping with it.
Even HBT's own wiki lists it as requiring mashing http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Malts_Chart
I just ran through a bunch of the recipes on LD carlson's website, they don't include it in the grainbills for their BB extract w/spc grains kits.
Methinks the AHS kit will make a really complex and excellant beer...but 15 minutes steeping doesn't sound long enough though...I'd go a minimum 30...maybe even consider treating it like a PM or the hefe recipe and give it a whole hour...
But it's really interesting that they included it...
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