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Old 01-06-2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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When I steep my specialty gains am I suppose to move them around to release more? and if so how much? or do I just let them sit there? Also after the steeping is done do I squeeze out the grains and get all the juice back in the pot? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-06-2009, 06:12 PM   #2
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I'd like to know as well.

I usually apply pressure with a spoon to work the grains around in the bag but not sure if its needed. Also, I used to squeeze the bag after pulling out of the pot but have read that this is not ideal, so from now on I'll let them drip for a minute and then throw away.


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Old 01-06-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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I'm a fan of Tea Bagging
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:26 PM   #4
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Instead of squeezing, you can rinse any remaining goodness out of the bag by pouring a few cups of warm (~150 degree) water over it.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:59 PM   #5
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I following this procedure from Palmer's book...

How to Brew - By John Palmer - Example Batch

Procedure:

The procedure is identical to that for extract brewing. However, the specialty grains will be steeped in the pot before the extract is added. The 3 gallons of water in the boiling pot is heated until it reaches 160F +/- 10. Then the grain bag is immersed in the pot for 30 minutes. The grain bag may be dunked and swirled like a tea bag during this time to make sure that all of the grain is wetted. Agitation will help to improve the yield. Remove the grain bag from the pot, giving it a squeeze to drain the excess wort and avoid dripping on the stove.

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Old 01-06-2009, 07:21 PM   #6
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DON'T SQUEEZE! You'll release tannins which will make your beer bitter/astringent.

Tea-bagging is good, and you can pour some hot water (150*-170*) over the bag. Also, after letting it drip for a while, put the grain bag in a colander in a bowl, and pour the drippings back in during the boil.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:40 PM   #7
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Also, after letting it drip for a while, put the grain bag in a colander in a bowl, and pour the drippings back in during the boil.
Thats a great idea! Thanks.
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DON'T SQUEEZE! You'll release tannins which will make your beer bitter/astringent.

Tea-bagging is good, and you can pour some hot water (150*-170*) over the bag. Also, after letting it drip for a while, put the grain bag in a colander in a bowl, and pour the drippings back in during the boil.
Like Biff Tannins? Sorry....couldn't resist and I'm sure I'm not the first to make that lame joke.

Anyhow....

I didn't know this. I've always squeezed mine out. What is the impact on the beer when you do this? Is the bitterness a slight or fairly significant flavor?
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I'm only repeating what everyone else has said in other threads. Here's the results of a quick Google search:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/sque...parging-89010/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/shou...my-sack-46471/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/dont...ain-bag-21712/
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+1 I actually do 150-160 for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally in muslin bag, then I have a large strainer I pull it out and let it drip in the pot while I bring it up to a boil. The posted threads are good resources


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