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Old 08-03-2007, 04:16 AM   #1
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i was reading a post by BNVince about 1st brew and noticed that he started the steeping at temp. I have started my last 2 EX steeping at 100-110 and then brought up to temp.

Is that wrong? Are there any major conerns?
1st brew was drinkable but that was all, it was on electric stove and I never achieved a roaring boil.

2nd was on propane turkey fryer and went real well. I cracked a couple this week, even a week early they were really good.

should I wait till temp or does it matter?

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Old 08-03-2007, 04:18 AM   #2
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You wil be fine doing it that way. Some will say you must wait till temp to add then keep it there, but really, either way works fine. Your biggest concern is making sure that you do NOT go over 170f


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Old 08-03-2007, 01:32 PM   #3
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Both methods work just fine. Personally I bring the water to temp then steep, but you're fine adding the grains and then bringing to temp.
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Old 08-03-2007, 01:40 PM   #4
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I have also heard people say to put them in cold, heat, and when it gets to 165F pull them out, no need to hold a temp. Since steeping is not trying to utilize any enzymes just extract color and flavor then it really doesn't matter. But, like Drunkensatyr said, don't let them go over 170F.
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:38 AM   #5
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the best reason I can think of to put them in when the water is cooler, is simply so the grain isn't as much of a heat absorber when you add it at 150~degrees.
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This one of many examples in brewing where several different techniques will produce good results. If you bag your steeping grains & put the bag in cold water, heating can result in a melted bag. [It was a learning experience.]


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