I have searched forums for tons of info(this place is my best resource), but I'm about to do my 3rd full boil and had a few specific questions.
1. when steeping grains, i have read to steep them in a smaller pot, remove grain bag, and add steeped water to the rest of the full boil. Is this correct, and is it important to steep them in a specific amout of h2o so long as the steeped h2o + full boil h2o, is my target start amount?
2. i have the complete joy of hombrewing 3rd edition by charlie papazien...
in it he refers to sparging the gains, i know in these cases he is talking about extract brewing (which i am doing), but i am unclear on this. I thought "sparging" was a term for the AG process of removing the malt extract from the steeped grains? It is possible he means to run h20 over and through the grain bag prior to removal? is this good practice, or a bad idea because of tanins?
I know this got a little wordy, but i really appreciate the insight and help.