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Old 09-04-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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I ordered Sierra madre extract kit from Northern Brewer. I see that it comes with specialty grains. I have now brewed 3 extract kits and none of which had specialty grains. I'm not too worried about how to do it as I'm sure the kit instructions will be very clear. However, is the anything I should think through before I get rolling? And is the reason for the grains not coming in LME form is because of the low volume of use. i.e. not cost effective to sell them in extract from?



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No, the grains are separate from the LME because they are used for flavor and color, and the LME is the main fermentable. Think of the LME being the base malt. They don't generally make specialty grain extracts, as they're used in much smaller amounts than base malts used to make LME and DME, and they are simple to prepare, since you really only need to make a 'tea' from them to get the colors and flavors. Make sure your grains are cracked, you can crack them with a rolling pin or beer bottle, and steep them in ~155 degree water for 20-30 mins, this will extract the colors, flavors and mainly unfermentable sugars from them.



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Just don't forget to pick up a grain bag for when you steep the grains. It would be a bummer if brew day came around and you had to rush out to find something.

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And those specialty grains will also give the beer a "fresher" taste as well as a more complex beer that extract can't give you. I was thrilled when I started using them as they give you tastes you can't get from extract alone.

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^^^^Stock up on those steeping grain bags. I would just buy a bulk lot of like 10 or so because you will end up using a good amount of them as time goes on.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/muslin-mesh-bag.html
-or get them wherever you can find them cheapest.

It's really not complicated so don't worry about it. Use Nordeast's information and just kinda swirl and steep the bag here and there until you've done it for 25 min @ 155F.

You also have the option of steeping the grains from the time you pour in the water until the water reaches 170F. Similar results.

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Northern Brewer will provide a mesh steeping bag in the kit for the specialty grains.

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I've never bought a kit that came with steeping grains that didn't include a muslin bag.
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Yeah it said the bag comes with. Looking forward to this one. Would like a little more flavor than the beers I have brewed thus far. Thanks for the advice

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Yeah it said the bag comes with. Looking forward to this one. Would like a little more flavor than the beers I have brewed thus far. Thanks for the advice
Steeping a little bit of grain will go along way to doing just that. I have had an all DME, no specialty grain beer that was very good before, but that was a very hoppy 'session' IPA, where the hops stole the show. In general, light and extra light extract alone will make for a very bland beer, the steeping grains will add some nice depth of flavor to this next beer.
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Just don't forget to pick up a grain bag for when you steep the grains. It would be a bummer if brew day came around and you had to rush out to find something.
Northern Brewer kits come with a bag. No need to buy one separately.

(Edit: Sorry, I didn't see that this was already pointed out. Carry on.)


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