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Egg7 06-29-2011 08:49 PM

First Brew!
Hi Everyone

I plan on starting my first batch tomorrow! But I have one question. I'm making an IPA. I bought a Brewers Best set of ingredients to make life easy. However, the directions in the ingredient kit say to steep the grain at 165 degrees for 20 minutes, remove, bring to boil, and add the extract/ dried malt.
The book I have says that many directions say this but to ignore it. It suggests bringing the water to a boil and adding everything at once... SO...

What should I do?

Thank you

danorocks17 06-29-2011 08:51 PM

steep you grains first, then you will want to bring your water to a boil. when it boils, kill the flame and add your extract. If you do it while the heat is still on you might boil over. turn the flame back on, and once it starts boiling, throw in your bittering (first) hops. Good luck, and welcome to the club. I started out with the exact same kit and it came out great.

Egg7 06-29-2011 09:04 PM

Thanks Dano

Just to make sure, I steep, then remove the grain, then bring to a boil?

cravej 06-29-2011 09:06 PM

I would follow the directions. The book doesn't seem very specific. I also started brewing with the very same kit.

TopherM 06-29-2011 09:17 PM


I suspect whatever you are reading in the book is out of context, and you're misunderstanding.

Steeping grains at anything much over 165 is going to start leeching tannins and bringing off flavors to your beer. NO ONE with any knowledge of brewing would ever tell you to put grains into boiling water.

danorocks17 06-29-2011 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by Egg7 (Post 3047270)
Thanks Dano

Just to make sure, I steep, then remove the grain, then bring to a boil?

After steeping you remove them, other wise you will end up with some nasty tannins in there :mug:

to be honest i usually steep my grains longer than that (usually 45 -60 min) but absolulty follow the directions that came with the kit! the kits are pretty hard to get wrong, so just follow the directions and you will come out with some great beer!

danorocks17 06-29-2011 11:37 PM

oh and if you have a dog (i dont but my friend who helps me on brew day does) you can make doggie treats with the spent grains. Just search "doggie treats" on here and you will find the recipe

Egg7 06-30-2011 11:32 AM

Thanks again for the replies.

I believe I was misunderstanding the book directions. But I will follow the kit directions.

birvine 06-30-2011 11:39 AM

Yup, and all should be well. The key things are not to steep at too high a temp, extract with the flame off, then proceed.

Add your hops as per the directions and in a few weeks or months... enjoy!


heferly 06-30-2011 11:54 AM

Follow the directions until they say your beer is ready in 5 days..let that puppy sit in your primary AT LEAST 2 weeks, and better yet 3-4 weeks..your beer will be so much better

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