Originally Posted by Joedub
Ok so I picked up a stout kit from my LHBS.
here is the recipe.
6.6# (2 cans) Dark Liquid Malt Extract (LME)
1# Crushed Pale Malt
0.5# Crushed Roasted Barley
1# Flaked Barley
1.5 oz. Northern Brewer
The instructions say to steep all the grains for 20 minutes or until water reaches 170F. No I have been reading that you gain nothing from steeping flaked barley. If that is true why would the shop give it out in the kit? Also if I want to fully utilize it how do I go about doing so given that I don't have an all grain setup.
There is pale malt in the mix so there is going to be a little mashing going on. You are correct in that steeping flaked barley alone or without any base malt accomplishes nothing other than to get it wet. As why it is so often included in extract steeping grains; it makes beginners feel good and half the HBS people who put the recipes together probably don't understand that flakes need to be mashed. FWIW I would modify those instructions a bit, bring the grains to ~150F and leave them there for 30 minutes. After that time remove them letting the runoff drip into your kettle, apply further heat and the other ingredients to the boil.