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Old 09-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Just got this in the mail, I read the instructions and they said to steep the grains for 20 minutes or until the water reaches 170 F. I thought that grains were supposed to be steeped for an hour at around 145 - 150 F, but is that just for all grain recipes? (This one is a partial mash) Has anyone had success with this kit and willing to share some advice on this subject? This would be my first partial mash as well.

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Old 09-22-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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Its not a partial mash the grains are to impart a little extra taste and color. If it were a partial mash your right about the times and temps though.

 
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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Ill be brewing this kit in a few days as well.

 
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip, do you think I still have to heat the water up to strike temp or just put the grains in the water right away (when I start adding heat) and take them out when the water temp reaches 170 F?

 
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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Put them in right away and remove at 170. Strike temp would only come into play if you are actually mashing. All this being said i have wanted to try and mash my specialty grains to get a few extra og points, might have to try it some time.

 
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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When we do steeping grains,we use mash temps of between 150-165F. 20 minutes from average instructions worked ok. 30 minutes from others might be better. But when steeping,water volume isn't critical like mashing. We steeped in some 2-2.5G of water. Remove grain bag,put in large strainer or collander,& sparge. Some don't bother sparging steeping grains,but I think it should still be part of the process.
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