Originally Posted by rnrchemnerd
Congratulations! You've just done your first partial mash! Now just up it to 10 pounds and you'll be brewing all grain! Seriously though, to get maximum conversion of the 2-row, you should steep it for at least 45 minutes in 153° water. Rinse the grains with 170° water, combine the liquid then start your boil. Making beer is pretty simple huh?
Not in "153°F water"...the mash ITSELF needs to be at 153 or so, so be sure to raise the temp on the water above that prior to adding your grains. I usually experience a 8-12°F drop when adding my grain, depending on conditions. Here is a good calculator to figure out your water temp:
Green Bay Rackers--Mash Calculators
Read through my thread on partial mashing, too:
There have been a lot of questions about mashing answered by myself and others.