« on: December 10, 2013, 01:53:29 PM »
Interesting. Is it worth buying the extra grain?
That is up to you to decide. Cold steeping provides a smoother flavor. You can get a smoother flavor by using huskless dark grains like carafa and midnight wheat. However there is no huskless replacement for roasted barley that I'm aware of.
Anyway I'll continue to do cold extracts for 2nd running beers
Patagonia Malt has a huskless roast barley they call Perla Negra (black pearl barley). I haven't ever seen it at the local homebrew shop, but if you ask around you might be able to get your hands on a few pounds. Check it out.