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bd2xu 09-13-2012 12:59 AM

Rinse specialty grains?
In kits with specialty grains, is it a good idea to rinse (or sparge I guess) the specialty grains with 170 water after steeping for the recommended time? I would think this would get the most good stuff out of the grain without squeezing it.

worksnorth 09-13-2012 01:01 AM

I would rinse I suppose if it's possible for you to do so.

aiptasia 09-13-2012 12:48 PM

Yep, a sparge of this type is just what the doctor ordered. Me, when I soak grains, I just dunk and drain a lot.

bd2xu 09-13-2012 12:53 PM

I did it, have an electric tea kettle that worked perfect. Hold 64 oz and brings water to 170 fast, poured it all over the grain bag before removing.

kevinb 09-13-2012 01:05 PM

Not sure if it makes a huge difference or not, but I do it. I put the muslin bag in a large stainless colander and rinse with 170F water.

dcp27 09-13-2012 07:48 PM

you're basically rinsing the grains when you steep them, sparging them afterwards is unnecessary

unionrdr 09-13-2012 08:23 PM

No,sparging is rinsing & steeping is the little brother of mashing. rinsing is rinsing.

bd2xu 09-13-2012 08:43 PM

Sparging is rinsing the mashed grains with 170 water right?

dcp27 09-13-2012 09:27 PM


Originally Posted by bd2xu (Post 4410938)
Sparging is rinsing the mashed grains with 170 water right?

yes, but 170F isn't a requirement, you can sparge cooler with just as good of results. in essence steeping is batch sparging as conversion has already taken place in the malting process of specialty grains

SoonerDoc 09-13-2012 09:43 PM

You aren't extracting sugars (not enough to matter) from these grains, just color and flavor. I would think it wasn't necessary. I don't think it would hurt anything if you wanted to do this either.

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