steeping specialty grains quantity (extract brewer)

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jimmythefoot

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is there such a thing as to much grains in a batch? i am an extract brewer right now. was just curious the affect of say steeping 3, 4 or 5 lbs of grains for a 2-3 gallon extract boil?
 

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As far as specialty grains, there is never any need to have 5 lbs in a 5 gallon batch. You'd have a huge muddening of flavors and it wouldn't work too well for you. You can though go for a partial mash.
 

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Yeah, that would be entering the partial mash realm with that much grain. Being an extract brewer, you typically won't steep more than 2# of grain, and that is pushing it.
 

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The main thing you get from steeping grains is color and the proteins that aid in head retention. I often use a half pound and never more than a pound with good results.
 

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If those specialty grains are Crystal malts, you'd have an awfully sweet beer at 3-5 lbs. If they're base grains (such as 2-row) that's fine in that quantity, but you'd need to do a proper mash, not a steep.
 

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