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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Steeping grains
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:59:11 AM »
I have read from multiple sources that it is possible to extract tannins if you steep in too much water.  I use 1/2 gallon of water per 1 lb of grain.  I try to steep between 150-155 for 20-30 minutes on my stove top.  I start the rest of my water on an outdoor burner with about 15-20 minutes left.  That way once I am done steeping my main kettle is coming to a boil.  I add my steeping water then cut the heat and add my extract.  It works well for me and saves a little time.  Just one extra pot to clean thats it.   

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Extract brewing logistics question
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:30:56 AM »
I use the time from 59 min to 30min left in the boil to get everything sanitized and ready since I usually have no additions during this period.  I purchased a large plastic storage container and fill it with about 1/2 inch of sanitizing solution and spray down the sides and edges with sanitizer.  I use this as my dedicated sanitizing area for the larger items that need to be sanitized.  I use buckets so all I do is spray it inside and out and then place it upside down in the container to drain.  I spray my bucket lid, kettle lid and large strainer and put them in the container also.  This way by the time I am ready to transfer from kettle to bucket everything has had time to sanitize and drip dry. 

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