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Old 12-22-2009, 05:50 PM   #1
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I follow the 160 degree 20-30 min method but was told one of my beers tasted weak on the specialty grains. Any tips for getting the most flavor from steeping them?

Here is the new recipe I am following..





 
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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I guess you could try sparging?



 
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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Short of doing a mini-mash, you're doing about all that can be done. No harm in steeping longer, but ultimately if you're not happy with the result, you'll need to bump up the amount of specialty grains.

 
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:13 PM   #4
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I gently rinse my grain bag as it sits in a SS strainer over my brew pot with a pot of coffee maker water, which just happens to be about 170*F. Does it help? I would like to think so.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:14 PM   #5
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+1 on moving to partial mash. It's really not much harder than steeping.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:15 PM   #6
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...you'll need to bump up the amount of specialty grains.
+1 on that. OR, you could do a mix-n-match. Instead of 100% Crystal 60L, use 50% Crystal 40L and 50% Crystal 80L. Flavor gets a bit more complex that way.

Also, how fresh are your grains? Have they been sitting in a bag, cracked, for a couple of months?
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:21 PM   #7
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I did a SNPA and it only used 1 pound of grains. That sounds weak right? I got a new recipe and it calls for 3 pounds of grains. It is also an SNPA.

 
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That's a huge amount of specialty grains! Normally I only see 1-1.5# used. I think John Palmer has a bit on that in "How To Brew"...
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:37 PM   #9
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That's a huge amount of specialty grains! Normally I only see 1-1.5# used. I think John Palmer has a bit on that in "How To Brew"...
It is a Sierra nevada clone. I know for a fact that 1 pound did not cut it at all last time. It just tasted like a basic ale. It didn't tasted bad but did not taste like SNPA.

 
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:04 PM   #10
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Increasing your steeping time and using more water can help. Another option is to gently stir the grains ever 5 minutes or so.

You definitely get more out of specialty grains in a mini-mash. Typically 50 to 100% more points.


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