What are the negatives and positives of putting specialty grains in early while waiting to bring water temp up to 155 degrees?
Not really anything negative, positive would be saving a little time being able to start the timer right when temperature reaches 155?
No negatives at all. I cold steep up until I reach 148*F and then start my timer. I don't count any of the time toward my steeping time but feel like I may get a little extra something out of the process.