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Old 09-14-2012, 12:39 AM   #1
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Default Can I steep crystal malts and add the "tea to already fermented and kegged beer beer?

Hi guys. I made a wheat beer with a friend a couple months ago, split a 10 gallon batch.

I chose to use C hops and Kolsh yeast instead of heffeweizen ingredients. I like a lot of things about my beer but its just a bit harsh where the tartness of wheat and the citrus of hops need some sweetness.

Would there be any drawback to steeping some crystal 20 and or 40 in 2-3 quarts water and then slowly reducing it to drive off the water? I wanted to try and add that to the keg, to taste, to see if I can save this beer.

I expect maybe a mild refermentation, so should i warm up the keg?

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If you are keeping the keg at fridge temps, it won't ferment. If you raise the temp, you will get more than a mild fermentation. You would need to treat that like that like a natural carbonation and calculate the sugar accordingly.

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If it's just sweetness you are looking for, you could add some lactose to the keg.

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crystal malts provide no fermentable sugars IIRC...

your idea should work in theory but ive never heard of it been done

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crystal malts provide no fermentable sugars IIRC...

your idea should work in theory but ive never heard of it been done
not true, they do indeed provide fermentables - even when only steeped (http://beertech.blogspot.com/2011/03...tenuation.html). mashing them obviously provides even more fermentables.
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Thank for the info guys. Sweetcell that was a great link.

So I am going to make my crystal tea with a bit of 2 row and micromash it at 154f. Then boil it and cool in my erlinmyer and pitch into my beer AFTER I warm up the keg and bleed off the carbonation. I'll give it a couple weeks at room temperature to ferment out the small amount of sugars in there and then test to see if i saved it or ruined it.

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do look into adding lactose or some other non-fermentable sugar (sweetners like splenda, etc). simpler than your micro-mash... but maybe you want to go the more complicated route.

and since you're after sweetness, mash high - 158*F.

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No need to warm the keg unless you want a bit of fermentation. Bring the stuff to a boil for at least 15 minutes, and you can dump that straight into the keg. I've done it with a beer tea to get more spice into a Belgian with no ill effects.

Give it a little shake after sealing it back up, let it sit and you're good to go.

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If you are keeping the keg at fridge temps, it won't ferment. If you raise the temp, you will get more than a mild fermentation. You would need to treat that like that like a natural carbonation and calculate the sugar accordingly.
True, but if it's in a keg it would be easy enough to vent the excess CO2 and then re-force-carb to the desired volume.
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