Originally Posted by dotnetdotcom
I steeped the malts in 2.5 gal of plain water at 155° for 30 minutes. So did I just waste the Honey Malt?
One thing I never hear of homebrewers trying is
making a small sample of a steep and mixing it
with an already made beer to get an idea what the
flavor contribution is. You can mix it with an
all-malt, mild flavored beer like Michelob.
You can make a small steep by scaling down the
amount to 1oz of grain.
In this case with the honey malt, 1 oz is 1/16 of a pound, 1/16 of
2.5 gallons is 2.5 cups. So warm 2.5 cups or a little
more of water to about 160F. Put the grain in
a piece of coffee filter and staple a few times
to seal, put in the warm water.
Your original steep would have been diluted into
5 gal to make about 53 12 ounce bottles of beer.
So that means 2.5gal*128oz/53 = 6 oz per 12oz beer
or 2 oz per 4oz of beer or 4 tablespoons.
So you take 4 tablespoons of the steep and dilute
it to 1/2 cup with Michelob. I would taste the
Michelob before adding the steep so you know what
the difference will be.
You can do this with any mix of grains as well.