Originally Posted by Yooper
Uncrushed grains do keep longer- much longer. But they have to be crushed when you use them.
Using uncrushed grains would be like using a tea bag still wrapped in the cellophone, if I may give a (not great) analogy. The grains' husks have to be broken to give the good stuff out of them.
Yep, I knew I was supposed to crush them, just forgot to write it in my step by step instructions
that I had prepared in advance and then didn't think of it once I got busy with the brewing process. Oh well, a lesson learned and hopefully the beer will still be good.
The steeping water did get pretty dark so I would guess I got a lot more than 10% extraction of them but maybe not...