ok, so my first batch is happily doing it's thing in the secondary right now, everything went fairly smoothly apart from the slow initial fermentation. I am just wondering if my steeping procedure was correct given that I followed a book's directions and have seen other people posting different strategies elsewhere.
1) placed 0.5lbs of grain into a ziplock bag, beat it to within an inch of it's life. didnt pulverize it, just made sure most kernels were cracked open
2) placed the grain into a grain sock and dumped it into 2 Gal of cold water in my brew pot
3) turned the heat on and got it up to just below boiling point and let it sit there for about 15mins
4) removed the grain sock and turned up the heat until it boiled good and proper, dumped in the LME and DME, carried on with the brew as per usual.
is this thoroughly incorrect? was I wasting my time doing it this way?