I did a mini-mash + extract today. I think most people just steep their grains in a nylon bag or something. I wanted to try out my homemade mash tun that I made, so I mashed the grains as if it were an all grain recipe except on a smaller scale, and added the extract when I got to the boil.
7.7 # LME
1 #Cara Aroma
Ended up with gravity of 1.068 at 5 gallons !
Looking forward to trying the beer, but most importantly I think I've got a good handle on the steps I need to take to do an all grain recipe now, and I've got confidence in my homemade mashing/sparging equipment.
I'm going to do another mini-mash + extract probably Saturday afternoon maybe monday morning.
I understand that mini-mash + extract in general tastes better than extract, I haven't made up my mind about that yet, but it is a lot more fun to cook that much is sure, and it seems like the closer you move in the all grain direction the more cost effective brewing is.