first off, sorry if anything here has been repetative. i found myself searching the forums and faqs but didn't find my answers. perhaps some one can help...
the place i get my recipes from, here in birmingham, al., only includes generic instructions that are very, very vague and seem to contradict everything i've read so far. so here it goes....
1...instead of using dme to make a starter culture, can i get away with using liquid extract?
2... when steeping my grains, what's the rule of thumb, if any, when it comes to letting them heat in the water? (which i keep a constant 165 f) light grain= 30 to 45? dark grains= 45 to 1 hr.?
3... the last thing that confuses me is the "conversion" thing. about everything i've read says something about letting the grains heat until "conversion". what do i look for when that happens or how do i know when it does?
any help would be great guys... local brewery kinda on my nerves about the instruction thing and now i'm paranoid that i didn't do my first batch correctly.
once again.... sorry if i've reposted anything! thanks!
new obsessed brewer.