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EinBierBitte 10-03-2009 02:35 PM

Steeping grains
I just went through Deathbrewers partial mash how-to and it seems a lot easier than I thought. I already ordered extract kits from AHS so a partial mash will happen next batch. One of the kits however came with 1lb of steeping grains. I was wondering if I could apply the same partial mash steps to the steeping grains to maybe get more out of them?

FishinDave07 10-03-2009 02:40 PM

It depends what the steeping grains are. If they are crystal then they can simply be steeped to extract their sugars. if they are grains like 2-row, vienna, munich, etc. they need to be mashed to convert into fermentable sugars.

EinBierBitte 10-03-2009 02:43 PM

The grains are 1lb Crystal and .5lb 2-Row. I know this isnt much, just thought I could get a little extra out of them.

EinBierBitte 10-04-2009 01:18 PM

I just want to run this back to the top and see if anyone thinks this is worth my time. there is .5lb of 2 row. Worth it to do a mini-mini mash?

C4PNJ4ZZ 10-04-2009 01:21 PM

Yeah go for it. Use 2.25qts of water for the mash (1.5qt per LB of grain). You can also use it as a dry run for when you have more grain. But the 2-row needs to be mashed, so it would be worth it to try. The crystal doesn't need it, but you aren't going to hurt anything by trying to get some conversion out of the 2-row.

C4PNJ4ZZ 10-04-2009 01:23 PM

Also it depends how precious your time is, I'd say mash around 158 to get faster conversion. If you are looking for a fast brew day, do a normal steep. I think the practice is worth it so you know what to expect. Make sure you monitor your water temp before and after you add the grain to see how much temp you lose on your system.

EinBierBitte 10-04-2009 01:46 PM

Thanks for the info. I have all day, no hurry at all so I will do the mini-mini mash just to try the process. I think I'm going partial mash from now on for sure though. Deathbrewer made it look really easy.

C4PNJ4ZZ 10-04-2009 02:21 PM

I think you will be really happy with partial mash. Since switching where I get my ingredients (Austin Homebrew) and switching to partial mash my beer quality has gone through the roof.

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