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brewray:
when steering grain, what is the proper procedure. can you put the grain bag in the cold water and bring it up to 155 deg f. or do you need to have your water at the proscribed temp then drop the grain? ???

hokerer:

--- Quote from: brewray on March 04, 2010, 08:01:42 AM ---when steering grain, what is the proper procedure. can you put the grain bag in the cold water and bring it up to 155 deg f. or do you need to have your water at the proscribed temp then drop the grain? ???

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either way is fine, having it in the whole time is probably easier

denny:
The other thing to keep in mind when steeping grain is how much water you use.  Like mashing grain, steeping grain affects the pH of the water you use.  If you use too much water, the grain can't lower the pH enough and you may be at risk of tannin extraction.  While it may not be a huge risk, it's easy enough to avoid if you don't use more than say 2 qt. of water per lb. of steeping grain.

brewray:
thanks y'all for the advice. just brewed a kolsh and it turned out well, and closely matches the style guide. what denny says makes you go duh! i'm just starting to read about AGB and all chem that goes along with it. being new it this i'm finding it's not as scary to make good drinkable beer, but it's the little things that makes a great beer. again thanks 

craigg:
Interesting,  I regularly steep 2-3 lbs of grain in 2-3 gallons of water, and don't think I've ever suffered from tannin extraction - but I guess I'm not really sure either?  Can't recall having any off flavors I would attribute to that - how can you tell?

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