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Old 01-27-2010, 02:42 AM   #1
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I just did a brew and took a recipe from a book from the owner of the dog fish head brewery. In the recipe it stated to use 1/2 lbs of torrified wheat and 1/2 lbs of 6 row pale malt, place them in a grain bag place the bag in water, turn the heat on high until 170 then remove the bag. Now after reading and research I find out these grains must be mashed, or it will create off flavored beer. What is the deal? why do so many of these recipes call to steep grains that in turn need to be mashed? Or am I just way off base. Sorry I am just new and want to learn as much as I can so I can make good beer. I just want to figure this stuff out.

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:47 AM   #2
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Although the grains need to be mashed to extract the sugar, steeping will give you the color and flavor from the grains.

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Old 01-27-2010, 02:49 AM   #3
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That's an extract with grains recipe...with steeping you get flavor and mouthfeel from them, although they, through steeping, don't provide any fermentable sugars.

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well that makes me feel better. Thanks alot for all of your help. I know you must hear the same questions over and over, but to someone new like myself, it is great to be able to have a place to turn when I get confused.

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Actually this is NOT one of the often asked questions. And it is actually a good one. Glad we could clear it up.

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I just did a brew and took a recipe from a book from the owner of the dog fish head brewery.
I'm pretty sure that I just bought that same book this weekend. I've earmarked the "A to Z Brown Ale" as my "on-deck" brew (the next time SWMBO actually.... y'know.... lets me brew) and there are plently more very tasty-sounding beers (Blood Orange Hefe, Pumpkin Porter, Cherry Ale, etc.) to keep me neck-deep in beer for the next several months.
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I think the idea behind mashing/steeping the wheat with the six row is for it's diastic power. I have to believe if you throw the grains in cold water and apply heat until it reaches 170 there's going to be some conversion going on.

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PT Ray is correct. The 6-row has crazy diastatic power and will convert any specialty grains that need mashing in your steep. It will do the conversion fairly quickly as you come up through the mashing temperatures, and when you reach that 170 magic number (basically a mashout temp) it will halt conversion. You pull the grains at this point to prevent tannin extraction/harshness.

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Hopefully you crushed the grains before doing this.

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some grains need to be mashed some grains don't. base malts, like 6 row, and kilned malts need to be mashed. caramel and roasted malts don't need to be mashed and can just be steeped.

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