I got me a great birthday present! An Alder Wood Smoked Porter kit from "The Brewmeister" at:
I a BIAB convert from extract, never done partial mash. I am confused by this kit.
There are 7# LME and 4.25# grains (alder smoked 2-row, crystal 120, chocolate and black patent malts). I can't figure if this is supposed to be mini-mash or just a very large amount of steeping grains. The instructions say:
"Heat about 3 gallons of water to 160F in your brew pot and remove from heat. Put grains in grain bags, and steep in hot water for 20-30 minutes. Rinse/sparge grains with about 2 quarts of water. Stir in malt until dissolved." (no sparge water temp) Then it goes on with normal boil instructions.
160F...is that extracting any fermentables? The OG listed in the recipe, supposedly from ProMash, is 1.069. If I assume the grains are mashed, Qbrew gives me 1.067. If I assume the grains are steeping, Qbrew gives me 1.060. All OGs are at 75% efficiency. I emailed the shop and they said it was steeping, not mini-mash.
I'm thinking BIAB, full boil, late extract addition. My plan, please let me know if I am off on this:
6.5 gallons of water in the pot heated to 158F to get me to 152-155F for a mash @90 minutes (my normal BIAB mash time, gives good efficiency for me).
1.5 Goldings for 60 min.
7# Alexander Pale LME for 15 minutes
.5 Goldings @ flameout.
S-04 came with the kit, they say 68-70F, I like 62F for my ales but haven't used S-04. Which is best temperature?
Any idea if a long mash with smoked grains is a bad idea?
Or should I just follow the instructions exactly?
Or use full water volume for the steeping portion and follow instructions after that?
Thanks for listening and thanks for any input.