Originally Posted by NNatic
you always pitch the yeast below 75 degrees but above 60 (id say). Never 24 - 25 .. it will be ice before then.
The grains will go in the grain bag. Just lift it out and let it drain out... do not squeeze the bag or you will release tannins into the wort. Just let it drain out.
I would do what is called a late extract addition. In short, there is no need to boil the extract (DME) that whole time. Just throw it in there for the final 15- 20 minutes of the boil. This makes your beer a lighter color and removes some potential extract twang (search forums about extrac tang)
I always use a grain bag (the same from the steeping is fine) or paint strainer (5 gallon one from Home Depot or Lowes) to put my hops in for the boil. This way i dont have to filter the wort going into the fermenter. You just remove the bag, let the fluid drain from it and pour into the fermenter.
I'm assuming he meant 24-25 Celsius, which would be fine to pitch the yeast.
I could be mistaken, but i thought extract twang was only associated with LME? But the late addition is a good idea. It will help keep the color a little lighter.
And if you leave the paint strainer bag in during the boil, just be make sure to keep it off the bottom of the pot so that it doesn't melt. I usually just throw all the hops right into the pot, then put the paint-strainer bag in my primary bucket, pour the wort in, and then when you pull the bag out it collects all the hops and debris.