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Old 07-10-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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If I decide to do a full boil how will that effect my steeping? Will steeping in 5 gallons delute my steeping, or should I steep in a gallon of water before adding it to the total of 5 gallons, provided it calls for 1 gallon per 1lb of grain?

 
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:47 PM   #2
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I often wonder about this myself for mini-mash... FWIW I've done a few batches and just steep in the full boil volume. I hit my expected gravity and get the expected flavor/color profile.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:52 PM   #3
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You would top it off with water if u did a 3gl boil so wouldn't that dilute it just as much?..................... I wouldn't make a difference IMO

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:54 AM   #4
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I steep in the full boil. It just makes life easier.

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:20 AM   #5
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Steeping is just dissolving sugars on the grains and rinsing them off. The larger the volume of water the more effective it will be.

If mashing ...... well that is something completely different.

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:47 AM   #6
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i've read that a good rule of thumb is to steep 2 to 3 quarts of water per pound of steeping grains. is this really not necessary?

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:30 PM   #7
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Using too much water will cause a higher ph and possible tannic flavor. Depending on the style of beer and the ph of your water to start with the higher ph could be more or less of a problem. At best you could easily expect less mouth feel or a thinner sensation with the final beer. Stick with the 1 and 1/4 to 1 and 1/3 qt of H2O per lb of grain. The other problem that you run into if you use all your H20 in you partial mash or extract steep is that you have nothing to sparge with.

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:05 PM   #8
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Using too much water will cause a higher ph and possible tannic flavor. Depending on the style of beer and the ph of your water to start with the higher ph could be more or less of a problem. At best you could easily expect less mouth feel or a thinner sensation with the final beer. Stick with the 1 and 1/4 to 1 and 1/3 qt of H2O per lb of grain. The other problem that you run into if you use all your H20 in you partial mash or extract steep is that you have nothing to sparge with.
Yep. I do ~1 gal of water per pound of grain. Then rinse with a quart or two of 170*+ water even if I'm just steeping specialty grains.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:50 PM   #9
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thanks for the tip guys!

 
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:01 PM   #10
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Steeping is just dissolving sugars on the grains and rinsing them off. The larger the volume of water the more effective it will be.

If mashing ...... well that is something completely different.
+1. for steeping, the volume is irrelevent since its just a rinse and sparging of it is entirely unnecessary.

 
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