Questions tagged [steeping]

Soak (food or tea) in water or other liquid so as to extract its flavour or to soften it. Often but not exclusively refers to steeping specialty grains or fruit.

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Why do very dark roasted malts have such a high steeping yield?

According to Palmer's popular list of typical mashing and steeping yields, pale crystal malt (25-40L) has a typical steeping yield of 22 PPG. Slightly darker crystal malt (medium, 60-75L) weighs in at ...
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Own malted barley use

I malted my own barley for experiment. But I've not used them yet. I mean bought castle malt and munton's Irish Stout LME but haven't used them too yet. First, I want to brew my own malted barley, if ...
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First time steeping!

I was advised by my LHBS that if I steep 500g of Carapils in 2L of water (for a 23-25L batch) at around 68°C, then use this as part of my boil, then I will have more body and head retention in my beer....
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Question about steeping time for making your own Malt?

I want to make my own malt, but I'm a little unsure of how long I should be steeping the barley grain as different websites suggest different things. BeerSmith says to steep for 2 hours, whereas BYO ...
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All-Grain to Extract and Steeping

I'm wondering how this can be converted to an extract recipe. Initially it was thought we could just do 14lbs (US 2 row) * .75 = 10.5lbs of extract, but then the question was asked if the rest of the ...
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How to clean a cotton grain bag for reuse

I recently got into brewing (well, extract brewing) and all the kits I use come with a grain bag. I've since learned that it is perfectly fine to reuse these bags, so long as you clean + dry them ...
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Can I clean and reuse a grain bag?

Brand. Spanking. New. To brewing. Just bought an Amber Ale extract kit (don't judge!) and equipment set from Brewer's Best. I read the "Brew Day" instructions and they included a grain bag that they ...
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Steep caramel malt in all grain brew?

Are there any situations when this would be needed, or make any sense? Steeping base malts usually makes no sense at all, and changes to taste made by steeping black malt or roasted barley instead ...
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Would an all grain brewer ever want to steep grains?

I have heard that some all grain brewers prefer to steep roasted barely during prior to the boil, because it would otherwise lower the pH of the mash. In addition to this, what purpose would an all ...
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Does it make sense to steep wheat in cold water as it is heating up?

I'm actually not talking about cold steeping. The recipe I'm using says Put 2.5 gallons of cold, filtered water into pot. Added malted wheat (in muslin bag) to pot and brought the water to 180 ...
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Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?

My pot burned a tiny portion, about an inch across, of the steeping bag for an all-grain recipe prior to the boil. Is the beer still safe to drink? What off-flavors can that produce?
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Steeping/Mashing Cara- Grains

I have a smaller (5 gallon) mash tun. I recently mashed 14 lbs and was only able to get a mash to water ratio of 1.2 and filled the tun!. Temp was right on, but I only got 55% efficiency. I have a ...
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Draining Steeping Grains

What is the correct way to finish using steeping grains. The recipe I was following called for rinsing the grains with a few quarts of water. I had them all in two cloth sacks and poured the water ...
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How much specialty grain should you use in each steeping bag?

I'm doing my very first steeping brew (2nd brew ever), and I've got about 3 lbs of specialty grains total that go into my recipe. I've lightly crushed the grains, and I'm ready to put them in the ...
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Will steeping specialty grains keep late extract addition from affecting hop utilization? To what degree?

I know my question is sort of answered in this post, where @Dean-Brundage answers that adding extract late will incease hop utilizaiton, and in this post, where @mdma answers that John Palmer and ...
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What are the differences between mashing and steeping grains in preparation

What is the difference between mashing and steeping grains in terms of preparation style or is "mashing" and "steeping" just word semantics?
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Can I steep aroma malt

I have some Brewferm Aroma malt 150 EBC. I think normally I couldn't because it is full of unconverted starch, but I would like to do some extract beer and use a little (5-10%) of it. Will it be bad ...
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How to steep 2-row in a partial grain recipe

New to brewing, only done a few all-extract batches. For my next batch I came across an APA recipe that called for a 2:1 ratio of DME to 2-row malt. What wasn't clear to me was if I should just plan ...
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Steeping flaked barley

A question regarding steeping flaked barley in stouts. Zainasheff & Palmer's "Brewing Classic Styles" lists an extract-based recipe for stout. with flaked barley and roasted unmalted barley for ...
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Steeping volume effect

For extract brew with specialty grain steeping, what is the ideal (if such exists) steeping volume of water per weight unit of specialty grain? Some sources (e.g., John Palmer, How To Brew) states "...
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What is the largest percentage of grain bill for steeping?

I've recently moved from extract-only to extract + steeping grains. I'm making a recipe now and wondering if there is a max limit for steeping grains as part of the total grain bill? For a double ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Steeping

Given the limited space of an apartment, what tips do you have for steeping specialty grain? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the third question in a series of discussions about small-...
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Can I steep grains ahead of time?

In an effort to spread brew day out across a few weeknights, I was wondering if there is any harm in steeping grains ahead of time? I don't plan on leaving the "tea" for more than a day or two, ...
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What difference does the crush make for steeped grains?

I'm wondering if I need to be mindful of how well my grains are crushed if I'm just using them for steeping. Do I need to get my LHBS to crush my grains or use the rolling pin / bag method? Or can I ...
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What are the pros and cons of adding specialty grains to the mash?

When all-grain brewing, you typically add all your grains to the mash, right? Is there ever a time when you leave some of the specialty grains out and steep them instead? What are the pros and cons ...
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Rinsing specialty grain bag after steeping

Is there any reason to rinse the bag of specialty grains after steeping? I did this yesterday on a whim, thinking I would be able to extract as much of the sugars as possible. I used about 1qt. of hot'...
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Using a hop spider for steeping specialty grains

I've recently built a hop spider and am having great results. Could it also serve in the same capacity to steep specialty grains. Paint strainers are a bit more expensive than muslin bags, but are ...
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Should steeping grains be crushed differently than mashing grains?

Looking at the process for steeping grains I see that it omits a vorlauf. Would crushing steeping grains in the same way as mashing grains produce too much fine particulate? Should wort from ...
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Oatmeal stout: Steeping or mash?

Ladies and Gentlemen of Homebrewing, I was cruising my Google+ account, and I am stalking (I mean following/stalking) Wil Wheaton, and I noticed he is a homebrewer! Tonight he posted a question. I ...
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Will a cold steep extract the necessary elements from adjunct grains?

I'm wanting to brew a dry stout, but I am trying to save myself some time, so I am using extract, and ran across some discussions on cold steeping specialty malts. I'm fairly certain that a ~24h ...
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Steeping grain time

We are steeping 5# of grain. Is the time the grains should steep based on the weight? We were just going to do 30 mins. Is this the correct amount of time or should it be more or less? This is for an ...
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Cocoa Nibs for Chocolate Flavorings

What is the best way to use cocoa nibs? Do you crush them, crack them leave them whole? Steep and remove pre-boil, leave in boil, add at flameout? Add them only during secondary? How long?
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What is cold steeping?

What is cold steeping specialty grains all about? How do I do it? What does 'cold' really mean? How long does it take? Advantages and disadvantages?
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Dry Irish Stout Tastes very much like grain

I brewed my first Irish Stout on Oct 22. I used the Nitro-Powered Stout recipe that Brian Smith has on his BeerSmith website. The only changes I made to the recipe is I replaced the Ultra hops with ...
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Caramel/Crystal malts and Steeping

Does any grain/malt that's name begins with "Caramel" or "Crystal" mean it is able to be steeped to extract the aroma, color and flavor? I am referring to grain/malts like Carapils, Caramunich, ...
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Steeping Specialty Grains

What is the proper procedure for steeping specialty grains while extract brewing? Temp, time, grain bags or not.
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Cara Pils Dextrine

Want to use Cara Pils-Dextrine in my next brew to add body and aid in head retention. I have not made the jump to all grain yet, and I am doing a partial mash. Will steeping/mini-mashing Cara Pils ...