I have probably read too much, but I'll ask anyway...
I have tried my first two batches from extract kits, one currently bottled and one in the primary. Both of the recipes had additional grains for steeping before the boil. I use a bag for the grains and remove them after about a 25 minute steep.
The question is do I need to/should I sparge the grains before I toss them? I know the directions specify not to squeeze the bag (to avoid tannins?), but I am not sure if I am missing out on any good flavors. Also, when I fill the grain bag, should I do it over the brew pot, or will I get some bad funkiness from the grain dust staying in the pot for the boil?
Other that, RDWHAHB, anyone have any thoughts?