Originally Posted by rhys333
This is my second batch and I'd to try a simple malt extract beer with the addition of oatmeal flakes for improved body and flavor.
I understand oatmeal flakes can be added with the DME directly to the boil as enzymes present in the DME will convert the oat flakes to sugar.
I read that steeping flaked oats is not required as the processing (ie steaming and rolling) makes them readily convertible.
You can not expect any flavor from oatmeal unless they are roasted .
They probably cause some body in your Beer due to long protein chains and Beta-Glucans .
By the way , there is NO ENZYME in DME as it's previously boiled and dried which denatures enzymes . If you would like to convert starches in oats to sugar , you should do partial mash using some base malt .
What you don't need to do with flaked oats is "Cooking" , not steeping , as they are already processed through steaming and rolling .