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Old 05-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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I am following these steps for steeping specialty grains followed by adding my malt extract:

1. Heat 1.5 gal of water to about 160F
2. Add specialty grains (1.5lbs) for 30 min at 160F.
3. Add 4.5 gal of water to the same kettle, to top off to 6 gal pre boil volume.
4. Bring water to a boil.
5. Take kettle off of heat and add malt extract, stirring constanlty until all dissolved.
6. Put back on burner and wait for the hot break.

Are these steps correct? Or should I be steeping my specilaty grains in a separate pot and adding them to the 4.5 gal of hot water (at the same time as my malt extract)?

Please offer any comments or solutions if required.

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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That sounds good to me. I normally throw all six gallons on and bring it to around 160 but I am doing it on a large blichman burner. Just keep the temp in between 150-170 for the steeping and then bring to a boil, then pull it off and then add the malt extract. Then back to a boil and start adding your hops.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:47 PM   #3
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That depends on if you plan on doing partial mash or BIAB all grain in the future. If so you could make some adjustments in your process to build a good habit for the future. If not what you are doing is fine.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:33 AM   #4
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Can you successfully boil 6 gallons + extracts on your burner? I can't.

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:48 AM   #5
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I have a 45,000 BTU turkey fryer hooked up to a propane tank.

On a stove top - 6 gal will not work (or not very well at least)

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:45 AM   #6
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You could run in parallel.

Heat about 1.5 qts per pound of grain of water to 155F.
Add the grain (bag I presume) and stir well.
Place a lid on the pot and put it in a preheated 150F oven for 30 min.

While that is steeping, start heating the rest of your water in the boil kettle, combine them when steeping is complete.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:52 PM   #7
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/homeb...ng-burner.html

If you have the money, this is what I run. It will definitely get you to a boil in a hurry. I used to run a propane turkey deep fryer which you can pick up off craigslist for 25 bucks. Save you a lot of clean up hassle in case of a boil over.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:06 PM   #8
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sounds good to me! that's what I do as well and seems to work just fine

 
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:58 PM   #9
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Turkey Frier and a 9 gal pot worked great! I had no problems with the steeping method mentioned above.

Thanks guys for all the help!

 
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:05 PM   #10
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Just to save time I usually add the steeping grains to 2.5 gallons of water when it is hot. I then continue heating until either 20 minutes or I reach 20 minutes per the recipes that I used. The time and temperature have met within a couple of minutes each time I have done this.

I do this on a glass top stove and top up to 5 gallons in the fermenter.

These beers have turned out great.

 
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