Rinsing Or Mashing Crystal Grains

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i've been doing countertop partial mash's in a 2 gallon cooler. usually mashing about 4lbs of grain. the last two recipes i've thrown the crystal grains into the mash. does this have any affect on the beer?
 

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The crystal should be mashed with the other grains. You will get a couple of gravity points out of them, but they are still for color and flavor more than fermentables.
 

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Temperature may play a part. Check that the crystal isn't optimal at a cooler steep temperature than mashing grain. Some crystal malt extract yield more sugar / flavour at a lower steep temp for a longer time (say over night). You may need to go to the grain manufacturer to get the answer you want.
 
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