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Old 06-07-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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A friend of mine is brewing this for his first batch. I know it's a popular kit, but was wondering if those of you who had brewed it went exactly by the directions or made your own changes or modifications? The main reason i ask is because it says to to steep the grains at 170 for 20 minutes. Compared to conventional wisdom and most kits i've seen, this seems too high of a temp for too short of a time.

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Old 06-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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Is this for the specialty grains?
IIRC it is steep the grains for 20 minutes or till the temp reaches 170deg. As I remember I did both. Yeah no complaints about the beer, it got me a girlfriend even( long story).

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Old 06-07-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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I've brewed this kit straight-up and it makes a good beer. Definitely a confidence booster for new brewers!

That having been said, the instructions that I read specified to put the grain in water and then heat the water to 170 over about 20 minutes. It worked out okay, but it makes me wonder if they changed the directions.

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Old 06-07-2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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Is this for the specialty grains?
IIRC it is steep the grains for 20 minutes or till the temp reaches 170deg. As I remember I did both. Yeah no complaints about the beer, it got me a girlfriend even( long story).
Yeah. I just went on their website and read through the instructions so i'd be familiar with it if i end up helping him with the batch.
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Are you sure that's what it said? It seems to be standard NB instructions to steep the grains for "20 minutes or until it hits 170 degrees." Which I think is just dumbed down for those without thermometers. I do it the "how to brew" way, and start steeping at 150 degrees, heat up to 160 degrees and hold the temp, for a total of 30 minutes.

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Are you sure that's what it said? It seems to be standard NB instructions to steep the grains for "20 minutes or until it hits 170 degrees." Which I think is just dumbed down for those without thermometers. I do it the "how to brew" way, and start steeping at 150 degrees, heat up to 160 degrees and hold the temp, for a total of 30 minutes.
Yeah, this is what the directions said. It just seems really vague to me. Depending on the conditions, it might take 10-15 minutes for a person to get their water up to the 150-170 degree range, so you end up not really steeping it at the proper temp for very long.
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Good kit. Don't stress too much about the steeping, just don't go above 170. If I was doing it again I'd use US-05 instead of Windsor though.

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Good kit. Don't stress too much about the steeping, just don't go above 170. If I was doing it again I'd use US-05 instead of Windsor though.
I was actually thinking about picking up a pack of 05 so we could double pitch. You think there's anything wrong with using both strains or should we go with one or the other?
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I was actually thinking about picking up a pack of 05 so we could double pitch. You think there's anything wrong with using both strains or should we go with one or the other?
I'd say stick with one or the other. Multiple strains will make it difficult to know where flavor characteristics came from so you'll have trouble re-creating it next time.

Personally I'd make a small starter from the US-05 and use that. It'll make a drier & cleaner finish with better attenuation and less chance of off-flavors.
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good kit. Don't stress too much about the steeping, just don't go above 170. If i was doing it again i'd use us-05 instead of windsor though.
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