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Old 12-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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I'm going to make a pale ale that includes some steeped Munich malt in addition to the extract. In about three hours, I have to leave my house for a couple of hours. Can I go ahead and steep and sparge the grains before I leave and then leave the wort in a covered pot on the stove for two hours?


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I wouldn't leave it too long. Make it a quick trip. As the wort cools,it can be more inviting to nasties if the lid doesn't cover it evenly along th lip of the kettle.


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Wouldn't any nasties that get in be killed when I come back and boil the whole mixture (there will be a 60 plus minute boil after I get back)?
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Yeah,I guess that's true enough. Just be sure to get a good rolling boil going. By the way,steeping isn't quite the same as mashing. Mashing uses less water at precise temps. Steeping is for avout 30 minutes,mashing for 60 minutes.
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Thanks. I am planning to get the temp to 165ish (about 2 quarts per pound of grains), add the grains, cover, and remove from heat. I was going to leave the grain in there for about an hour and bring some water to a boil in another pot. Then I was going to put the grain bag in my strainer and run some of the boiling water through them. I know this is not a perfect mash but was hoping this would be close enough to a mash to convert some of the starches to fermentable sugars. Let me know if this sounds like a decent plan.
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Like I said,you're steeping,not mashing. Steep for 30 minutes,then sparge to get more sugars off the grains. Crystal grains are already converted to sugars,so your just steeping to remove them with the colors they give as well. Finish the sparge before you take off. otherwise,you could steep some tannins out of the grain hulls.
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Munich malt can be mashed. It looks like you have a solid partial mash idea going and I don't think you should worry about microbes. You might try to bring it up to 170 though to stop enzyme activity before you leave.
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Munich malt can be mashed. It looks like you have a solid partial mash idea going and I don't think you should worry about microbes. You might try to bring it up to 170 though to stop enzyme activity before you leave.
Good point. The way to do that would be to pour 170 degree water (NOT boiling water!) over the grains after the mash. That would be a great way to sparge your partial mash.
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Munich is a crystal malt. All the enzyme converting starches to sugars has alreasdy been done. with no base malts,he is not mashing,he's steeping. Especially at 165F. Too high a temp for mashing without making a ton of unfermentable long chain sugars. Plus,2 qts water per pound is a bit much for mashing but ok for steeping.
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Munich is a crystal malt. All the enzyme converting starches to sugars has alreasdy been done. with no base malts,he is not mashing,he's steeping. Especially at 165F. Too high a temp for mashing without making a ton of unfermentable long chain sugars. Plus,2 qts water per pound is a bit much for mashing but ok for steeping.
Actually, that's incorrect. Munich is a base malt, a German two-row base malt. It can easily self convert, and convert other grains as well.

By adding the grain to 165 degree water, a mash is made.

This recipe is a partial mash.


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