Originally Posted by Arneba28
yeah not mashing can do something but the fact that you do all grain and have your grain crushed and hes just doing steep means that he is not having his grain crushed. Therefor hes not extracting all the color out of that barley as possible. 1# of roasted will make anything dark as night,
That's what I was thinking... maybe the grain wasn't cracked. He reported to me that he steeped his grains for 20 minutes... as much as I do when all-graining. I've never done a partial extract brew, so I'm not sure what went wrong. the only problems I can think of is:
(1) using uncracked malt (or in this case, dark roasted barley)
(2) you get more flavor/color when doing a full mash vs. partial.
I fear I've ruined his "St. Paddy's" Stout.