I brew extract. I start with 4 gallons. I’ve always just thrown the sock of steeping grains into cold water as I start my brew day. (When I set the pot on the burner I put in the grain sock.) I steep them until the temp reaches 160, then remove them.
I just brewed an IPA and had second thoughts about the way I was doing my steeping grains. I actually filled my kettle with hot water. It was probably 130 degrees. I put the steeping grain sock in and brought water to almost 160, then shut off the gas and let the grains actually sit there for 30 minutes.
Does it matter? Can I just steep my grains in water as it’s heating up and then remove them when the temp gets close to 160? Should I make sure they steep for longer than 15 min? Should I steep them at a somewhat constant temp for a certain amount of time?
I’ve got a keg that’s just waiting to be turned into a kettle. I’ve also received a weldless ss valve, as well as a Blichmann weldless thermometer. While reading the paperwork that came with the thermometer, I saw this:
“Steep: When steeping, the water to grain ratio should preferably not exceed 1 gallon per pound of grain to avoid possible off-flavors from the grain husks”.
Is that true? If so what’s the reasoning behind the thought that full boils are the way to go? I don’t know of many extract recipes that call for 4 to 5 pnds of steeping grains. Should I steep with a smaller amount of water, then top it up to 4 or 5 gallons and start the boiling process? Is this why NB and other companies that sell kits usually work with 2.5 gallon boils?
Sorry for all the questions. Just wondering the best way to get the most out of my extract brews.