1) The directions said to add the 6 gallons of water, then add the grain and steep for 1/2 hour or until the temperature reaches 170. I had issues with one burner not putting out enough btu's to even reach a boil and the temp took awhile to rise to 170. I concentrated more on the water temp and steeped for 50 mins. Because I steeped longer than 30 mine will it have a negative outcome on the final product?
2) I pitched the yeast at 75 degrees (halfway between tempertature range in directions) then aerated the five gallons for 15 min. Should I have aerated before pitching and should I have pitched at a lower temp?
Aerate the wort first,then pitch the average ale yeast at 70F or lower,like 66F. The 50 minutes would be ok if it took that long to get up to temp. But 170 is a bit high,the threshold of leaching tannins out of the grain hulls. 150-165F is more normal.