Originally Posted by fotomatt1
So you'd still suggest shutting the heat off unless the temp drops too far? How vigorously do you stir after adding the grains?
You don't want to go below 150, or above 160. (This helps especially when using base grains with the specialty grains). You also don't want to burn the bottom, if the heat is on under the pot. So, if you do need to add more head, make sure you move the grain bag up off of the bottom.
Stir very well- you want to thoroughly wet all of the grains. Smoosh them around quite well, so that they are soaked inside the bag. Don't pack them tightly, they should be in there quite loose.