Originally Posted by mjmac85
First time following a recipe on here. Only done 2 batches from the LHBS sheet. I really want to do this recipe since it's a normal commercial beer I drink.
Im a little worried and confused on the sparge. I add 1/2 gallon of 170 degree water after the 30 minutes of steeping???? Then add the extract bring to a boil and follow hop plan???
The 170 deg 0.5 gallons is a "sparge" or hot water rinse of the steeping grains in this case. The grains steep in a bag to contain them. After the steep, lift the bag and either suspend it over the pot and use the 170 deg sparge water to rinse them off ( water and extract from grains drips into pot below) OR, you can "batch sparge" by removing the steeping grains from the steep water and add them ( still in the steeping bag) to the 1/2'gallon of 170 degree water. Bob it up and down a bit to rinse off the sugars from the grain and then add that to the wort you made from steeping.
Start heating your wort, add the malt Extract and start following the hop schedule once you see the first boil bubble.