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Old 02-07-2013, 05:55 PM   #11
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ohcrap- I steep my specialty grains, gradually raising the temperature to just under 170. I turn off the burner, stir in my extract, and then turn the burner back on. As I bring the wort to a boil, I start my hop schedule.

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I don't like to go above 160-165F for steeping temps. I try to stay under where the tannins get leached out of the grain hulls. so they say anyway.
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ohcrap- I steep my specialty grains, gradually raising the temperature to just under 170. I turn off the burner, stir in my extract, and then turn the burner back on. As I bring the wort to a boil, I start my hop schedule.
Got it. You're adding your extract at the beginning of the boil basically. Flame out usually refers to the end of the boil.

Follow what unionrdr said above (adding extract at end of boil, after all hop additions) and it should help make lighter beer.
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I don't like to go above 160-165F for steeping temps. I try to stay under where the tannins get leached out of the grain hulls. so they say anyway.
I used to be terrified of getting too close to 170. The guy that owns the brewshop chain around here kinda calmed me down about it. He said yeah, don't go over...but if you do, drop the temperature and don't worry about it. It takes a little time for the tannin to become an issue anyways. He actually told me to bring it all the way to 170 but I'm still not completely sold on that idea.
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I used to be terrified of getting too close to 170. The guy that owns the brewshop chain around here kinda calmed me down about it. He said yeah, don't go over...but if you do, drop the temperature and don't worry about it. It takes a little time for the tannin to become an issue anyways. He actually told me to bring it all the way to 170 but I'm still not completely sold on that idea.
Yeah,I'm hip to the scene. But it still makes the ol' spidey sense tingle,ya know?! As long as you adjust the temp right quick,it shouldn't be a problem. Mashing is kinda like slow mo. Leave it at the wrong temp long enough,you're fooked. But adjust quickly & all seems to go pretty well,ime.
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I'm hoping to move to partial mash soon. I'm probably going to be a nervous wreck until I get used to keeping the temperature steady! Any advice there?

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I'm still working on steady mash temps. I wanna get a couple of beach towels (homer would be perfect!) to wrap around the mash in the BK while it's mashing. I'm thinking of trying my winter huntin coat around it tomorrow & see how ell that works with my floating thermometer in it.
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