Originally Posted by wherestheyeast
Did you leave your bag of steeping grains in during the boil? Couldn't really tell from your pics.
I steeped the grains at 155 for 30 minutes, its the first picture. It worked well instant color with the dip. I kept a close eye on the temp, with a bit of fluctuation, 155-158. I then took it off the heat, added the extract, stirred, back on the heat and stirred a lot more. Hit rolling boil in 30+ minutes.
My last decision to buy a better thermometer was a good call, clipped on the pot, hanging in the wort. My other plan was a short meat style digital, would have been a true noob mistake.
The other pics show the hops bag.
I had an enamel pot, maybe 3 gallon from a brew effort 19 years ago, the pot in the picture is soooo much nicer.
Todays activity.....the fermentation has slowed a bit after 24 hours of good bubblin'.