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View Poll Results: How do you prefer to treat your roasted grains?
Mash them with everything else, nothing special 39 86.67%
Cold steep them and add the liquor to boil kettle 1 2.22%
Add them to the mash 10-20 minutes before sparge 5 11.11%
Steep them in hot wort after sparge and before boil 0 0%
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:59 PM   #21
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I had always thrown it all in the mash and was surprised when I read about saving the roasted grains for the sparge or steeping in the BK as it's coming up to boil.

This might help keep the pH at the right level during the mash and the roasted grain doesn't need any conversion anyway.

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I've seen cold-steeping for both grain and coffee as a way to reduce harshness, which I'm assuming is closely related to acidity. Adding at the end of the mash is often used to extract more color than flavor, although I had always thought that was what Sinamar, Carafa and Midnight Wheat were designed to do. I guess I differ from the previous posters in that I would rather weigh out 1 cent's worth of baking soda and mash everything together than deal with a separate steep or whatever. But having only tried the one method, I can't say that the others don't have their merits.

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I've seen cold-steeping for both grain and coffee as a way to reduce harshness, which I'm assuming is closely related to acidity. Adding at the end of the mash is often used to extract more color than flavor, although I had always thought that was what Sinamar, Carafa and Midnight Wheat were designed to do. I guess I differ from the previous posters in that I would rather weigh out 1 cent's worth of baking soda and mash everything together than deal with a separate steep or whatever. But having only tried the one method, I can't say that the others don't have their merits.
So a little sodium bicarbonate will fix the harshness? How? Hmm, I may just try that out!
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