Originally Posted by ben the brewman
i understand the diff between mashing and steeping i was just using that as a example sorry i guess it was confusing. what im getting at is if i take 3 pounds of speciality grains and steep them for 30 min then take the same grains when im done with them and resteep them in a sepreate pot would that be like using 1.5 pounds specilaity of grain or would it be different.
No, you'd get the vast majority of the color and flavor the first time. Think of it like a tea bag- you might be able to reuse a tea bag after it's been steeped, but you wouldn't get much color or flavor out of it after a 30 minute steep. I would have to guess how much you'd actually still have- but if you sparge the grains when done steeping (and you certainly should), I'd guess you'd have less than 10% of the grains' goodness left.