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Old 09-14-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Value of steeping specialty grains in small volume?

I just recently acquired the capacity to do a full-wort boil in preparation for going all-grain. I'm brewing what may be my last extract batch tonight, and I've got a question. What is the value to steeping specialty grains in a smaller volume? Most instructions I've read say to steep in only a couple gallons. Why not steep in your full volume (minus the volume your extract will add, of course)?

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Old 09-14-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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I believe too high a volume can extract some tannins from the grain.

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Tannin extraction is the main concern from my understanding.

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Old 09-14-2007, 10:12 PM   #5
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well, along these same lines...

I have recipes that call for 3 oz. of Aromatic steeped in a quart of water.

rather than let the rest of the pound go stale, could I go ahead and steep them in an appropriate amount of water, then freeze the result for later use?

yeah, I HATE to waste stuff.

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are they all crushed??? you could just store them. or brew another batch immediately

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yes, they're all crushed...it was just a pound.

I AM going to brew another very similar batch immediately following racking into secondary, but it'll only be another 3 or 4 ounces.

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Thanks as always for the info, all.

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