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Would an all grain brewer ever want to steep grains?

Well you don't steep any grain "during the boil". But to avoid upsetting mash pH you can steep all your non mash required grains in the wort during runoff in the kettle before you start the boil. I ...
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Question about steeping time for making your own Malt?

A question akin to "how long is a piece of string?" I hope knowledgeable readers will forgive me rehearsing the "received wisdom". Malting is the process of causing the barley seed to sprout and in ...
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Can I clean and reuse a grain bag?

Absolutely! I rinse after use then throw them in with my laundry whites. Couple tips. These don't have to be sterile or even sanitized. A good rinse is really the only functional need they have. ...
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First time steeping!

Yes, you use the wort you create by steeping as part of your boil volume. The method looks fine. I wouldn't worry about steeping efficiency. You won't get more than a few gravity points out of it ...
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Is 4lbs of speciality grains too much for steeping for a 5gal extract recipe?

I have planned many a recipe on what I can get and the bag or half bag sizes I can get it in. It is a totally valid way to plan your brewing and grain/hop/yeast purchases. ~20% speciality malt in a ...
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Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?

Based on having done it myself, you will possibly have a burned, smoky flavor and not in a good way. Whether it's safe to drink depends at least partially on what the bag is made of. If the bag was ...
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All-Grain to Extract and Steeping

So it looks like your source just took an all-grain recipe and converted by just taking the base grain and subbing in light DME, and then using ALL the flavor grains in a steep. Typically, one would ...
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Does it make sense to steep wheat in cold water as it is heating up?

Either way will work and not make much difference. However, if you steep at 180 you'll denature the enzymes that convert the starches to sugar. The steep should be done between 145-160F for best ...
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Own malted barley use

Depends on the water/grist ratio you want. Generally 0.33 gallons per lb is common, but much thicker and thinner ratios are used for different mash manipulations. So 5kg = 11lb, 3.8 gallons = 14.38 ...
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Steep caramel malt in all grain brew?

Basically any roasted malt have little to no enzymes from the heat in processing the malt and have already had thier sugars converted internally from enzymes. Mashing them does nothing special for ...
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How to clean a cotton grain bag for reuse

For the sake of convenience I would replace them with nylon bags either from your LHBS or nylon paint strainer bags from your hardware store. The nylon bags clean very easily and have a very fine ...
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Why do very dark roasted malts have such a high steeping yield?

Based on Palmer's supposed test setup (he describes it at the base of the table), I suspect the steeping thing might be related to the friability of the malts. For a simple steep those roasted malts ...
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Steep caramel malt in all grain brew?

Depends on what you're trying to do. All grain varieties that do not need a mash step to help convert them can be steeped. I have steeped many a variety to make different beers. If I had two ...
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First time steeping!

I believe this would be a protein rest, though the temperature is considerably lower than what I have heard before. John Palmer, in his excellent book, says to use a temp between 113 and 131 degrees. ...
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Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?

I've done the same thing with a hop sock. I'm pretty sure there nothing in them that could be harmful IMO. I was lucky and did if with an IPA so couldn't taste anything.

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