Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Steeping Grains Question

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-26-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
hbhudy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Atl.GA
Posts: 327
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Steeping Grains Question

I wanted to know if I could steep Vienna or regular base grains to extract flavor without the need to mash the grain? I wanted to add a more malt profile to a blonde ale (not something within the guidelines of a blonde).

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Cheers.. HB-Hudy

__________________
hbhudy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
Calder
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,412
Liked 239 Times on 214 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Both need to be mashed. But you might want to try a mini-mash. Take 1 lb of grain and add it to 1.3 quarts of water at low 160s F. Temp should drop about 10 degrees. Maintain temp around 150 (to low 150s) for 30 minutes, and stir occasionally.

Strain out grains and you are good to go. Rinsing grains with 170 F water will get more sugars out.

__________________
Calder is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
hbhudy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Atl.GA
Posts: 327
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I can do a mini-mash but I did notice several extract recipes use steeping grains for flavor and color.
I am just wondering why they have steeping grains?

__________________
hbhudy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,350
Liked 4278 Times on 3117 Posts
Likes Given: 824

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hbhudy View Post
I can do a mini-mash but I did notice several extract recipes use steeping grains for flavor and color.
I am just wondering why they have steeping grains?
For color and flavor.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
hbhudy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Atl.GA
Posts: 327
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thanks Yopper..
Can Vienna be used? Is it only Crystal or Cara grains that can be used for color and flavor? I have not used extract in a VERY long time and very rarely did I use grains.

__________________
hbhudy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2011, 06:46 PM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,350
Liked 4278 Times on 3117 Posts
Likes Given: 824

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hbhudy View Post
Thanks Yopper..
Can Vienna be used? Is it only Crystal or Cara grains that can be used for color and flavor? I have not used extract in a VERY long time and very rarely did I use grains.
You can use ANY grain- the thing is, some grains must be mashed.

What I always did when I used extract, was to always do the procedure for a partial mash, so it didn't matter if the grains needed to be mashed or if they could be steeped.

What I mean is this- always use 1.5 quarts of water per pound of grain, and always bring it to 165 degrees and add the grain. Stir in the grain (in a grainbag) and stir well. Make sure it's at 150-155 degrees, and leave it be for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, lift up the grainbag in a colander, and pour 170 degree water over the grains until you're at your boil volume.

That's it! It's the correct technique for a partial mash, but it won't hurt to steep the grains this way also so you never have to figure out if you need to do a partial mash or a steep. It works for both, and takes all of the guesswork out of it.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is online now
gtlaw10 Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #7
hbhudy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Atl.GA
Posts: 327
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

great.. I will simply mash the grains and then do the 2.5 gal boil for the extract.

Cheers and wish me luck..

__________________
hbhudy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting the most it of steeping grains bribo179 Extract Brewing 11 11-01-2011 09:34 PM
Steeping Specialty Grains Question barkscruff Extract Brewing 9 10-25-2011 08:01 PM
Grains & Steeping gtlaw10 Extract Brewing 12 06-25-2011 03:15 AM
steeping grains cntry036 Extract Brewing 3 11-21-2010 03:13 AM
Question about steeping grains. Hoppopotomus Extract Brewing 4 11-18-2010 10:55 PM