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Old 06-29-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Hey all, newb here. I just ordered a Hop Head IPA kit from Midwest. This will be my second kit ever!!! My first was a Weizenbier from Brewer's Best. This kit comes with specialty grains, which I have never used before. I'm sure there will be plenty of instructions. Anyone have any suggestions for me as far as how to approach steeping speciality grains or any good home brewer knowledge that they could pass along?
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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The specialty grains won't add much complexity to your brew day so don't really worry about it. I'm sure there will be instructions but if not:
1) Put the specialty grains in a grain bag and tie a knot in the bag
2) Throw the bag in the water as it's heating up (think of it as a tea bag)
3) Make sure it stays in there for at least 20 minutes but no hotter than 170 degrees.
4) After the 20 minutes throw the grains (or save to make bread)

Proceed with the normal process.

 
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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Steeping grains are not difficult. The recipe tells you a temperature to try to maintain and a recommended time(15 to 30) minutes. Don't worry if you go a little over or under on the temp it won't be a deal breaker. I made this recently and plan on bottling it on the 4th. Good luck and enjoy. How did the Weizenbier come out?

 
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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I did steeping for my first and second beer, it's not hard at all, just keep temp in check. I can't wait to do a DIPA. Good luck!

 
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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I just kegged the all grain version of the kit. What I tasted going into the keg was fine but not nearly as bitter as I expected. Normally, what I taste for my hoppy brews is very bitter but this was not. I'm actually concerned it won't be hoppy enough for me but will reserve judgement until I tap it in 2 weeks.
You'd think 4 oz's plus 2 oz dry hopped would have jumped out at me.

Do what Cold Country mentioned and you should be fine. I like to steep for 30 minutes myself and I give the bag a squeeze or two as it cools down to get as much out of it as I can. Some say not to do that but I've done if for more than a decade and its' never come out bad.
Have fun, you'll likely notice your beers improve the more time you spend with them and using grains is a great enhancer in my opinion.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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my first DIPA I made with just a dry pack of Nottingham. It turned out really boozy and really not good at all.

make a yeast starter to hopefully avoid that, and use the right liquid yeast.

 
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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my first DIPA I made with just a dry pack of Nottingham. It turned out really boozy and really not good at all.

make a yeast starter to hopefully avoid that, and use the right liquid yeast.
It was probably the recipe, not the yeast.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback everybody! That makes me feel a lot better about steeping grains! I bought a white labs vial of yeast and I have probably a pound and a half of extra pellet hops to choose from if I want an extra kick during dry hopping. My weizenbier turned out to be a pretty decent first beer, btw!

 
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:54 PM   #9
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Looks like somebody is a fan of Troegs. I have 5 bottles of Nugget Nectar left in my fridge. As for you kit, just reiterate what they said, you'll get instructions with your kit and there are 2 ways I have been told to do it so far. With Austin Homebrew, they basically just have you add the grains to cold water and bring up to I think 160 degrees then remove grains. Other places have you wait until the water hits 155 degrees then remove from heat and add grains for 20 minutes. Both ways worked for me.

 
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:06 PM   #10
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I actually work at Troegs! This is a midwest supply kit. Nugget Nectar is one of my favorite beers ever! So tasty!

 
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