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Old 07-01-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I've had my first brew in the fermenter for a week and just received my 2nd brew kit in the mail so I'm thinking about my next batch.

My first batch and this second one too call for steeping the grains at 155 for 25 minutes.

My question is how do you properly steep? Do you "yo yo" the grain bag up and down the entire 25 minutes, do you just place the bag in water for the 25 minutes, or do you plunge it up and down a few times, etc?

On my first batch I plunged it up and down pretty much constantly over the 25 minute period. I have no clue, this may not be correct and may make the brew have a bad/funny taste.

How do you properly steep a grain bag?



 
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:30 PM   #2
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You will typically plunge it up and down a few times at first just to make sure all the grains are in contact with the water, but after that you're fine to just let it sit. You can move the grain bag around a few times while you wait, but there's no need to stand there and constantly keep it moving. Not really doing anything wrong other than making your arm tired.



 
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for the VERY quick reply Marubozo!!

LOL Yeah by the end of the 25 minute steeping program I was ready for a homebrew and arm massage!

Every brewing session initially will be a learning process for this noob. I already know several things I'll do differently this 2nd batch.

Thanks again!

Jeff

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:50 PM   #4
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I yo-yo fast, then slow, then fast again; then right at the end of the 25 minutes finish with a counter-clockwise swirl.

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:12 PM   #5
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I don't yo yo it...

I just place the bag in the water and stir the water gently without disturbing the bag... whenever I move the bag I find husks in the water and I don't want those when I go to boil...

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:15 PM   #6
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For what it's worth: the amount of husk material from a couple pounds of steeping grain probably isn't going to make any real flavor impact on a 5 gallon batch of beer.

I haven't steeped specialty grains in a while, but I always just threw the grain bag in, dunking it at first to get it all wet, and then every 10 minutes or so I would bob it up and down a little was I walked past the pot.

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:55 PM   #7
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Another way to steep the grains is to put the bag in right away when you put the water opn for the boil and let it steep for 20 mins not worrying about the temp of the water. As long as you don take the grains past 170* you are fine and usually at about 20 mins you will be around 150*. When I'm brewing with extracts this is what I do. Basically, I'm bringing the water to a boil and simply steeping during that process.

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:02 PM   #8
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Another way to steep the grains is to put the bag in right away when you put the water opn for the boil and let it steep for 20 mins not worrying about the temp of the water. As long as you don take the grains past 170* you are fine and usually at about 20 mins you will be around 150*. When I'm brewing with extracts this is what I do. Basically, I'm bringing the water to a boil and simply steeping during that process.
+1 on that.

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:29 PM   #9
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I yo-yo fast, then slow, then fast again; then right at the end of the 25 minutes finish with a counter-clockwise swirl.
Sounds like a happy ending to me!

 
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:13 PM   #10
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One thing is to not squeeze the grain bag too much or you'll extract too much tannins.

Feel free to squeeze your yo-yo as much as you want.



 
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