Hello fellow brewing enthusiasts! I was looking for some guidance on brewing my first partial mash brew. I have 3 extract w/ specialty grains brews under my belt so far, and am looking to take the next step. All-grain is not an option at this time (space, $$$, wife posting.php?mode=post&f=1#) so I am going to do a partial mash.
I thought I would do a practice run, using an extract kit with specialty grains but instead of steeping the grains I would mimic the steps used in a partial mash (I’d rather learn the process when there is really very little chance of bleeping the brew up).
So, here’s what I’m thinking:
My next extract is going to be the Nukey Brown Ale. It comes with 0.75 lbs of grain. The process would be:
Heat 1 qt water to 162 degrees. Add muslin bag with grains. The water temperature should come down to 152-155 degrees. Hold that temperature for an hour.
Heat 2 qts water to 170 degrees (sparge water) and hold that temp until the end of the 60 minute mash (I know I’m really not mashing with the specialty grains).
Remove the muslin bag and place in a colander or strainer. Sparge the grain bag with the 170 degree water, 1 qt at a time.
Add water to the pot (approx 2.25 gals) to bring boil total to 3 gals.
Proceed as usual with the extract and hop additions.
Can anyone tell me if these steps are correct, or am I missing anything? Also, anyone have any tips on maintaining the water temp for 60 mins?