In my transition to all grain, I’ve decided to use an old kit that was given to me. It’s a gifted kit from my brother who got it a year ago and it never got used. It’s the Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout Kit :http://www.northernbrewer.com/documenta ... lStout.pdf
I have a few questions before I begin:
The grains are old and came crushed or partially crushed (10 months or more). Am I boned? It was a free kit so if the quality will be just a little under ideal that’s okay. If its going to ruin the whole thing I’d rather just buy the 5-10$ of grain at my LHBS.
Partial mashing often takes place in the brew kettle, but I have a 5 gallon cooler. I was planning on doing partial mash with a 5 gallon paint strainer in this cooler. The recipe calls for 2 gallons of steeping water, can I use more (3 or 4 gallons) because I have more room to work with and I wont be losing heat as steadily? Will this extract tannins from the grains even if the temperature is solid? I guess the real problem is that with partial mashing I don’t understand the correct way to calculate your water volume for the mash. Is lower better, or is higher better?