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Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« on: February 03, 2018, 08:29:14 AM »
Hi. Does anyone have a tip on when in the BIAB process to add steeping malts? I was thinking of just adding them @30 minutes during a 60 minute mash. Any response appreciated.
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Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 11:15:37 AM »
Hi. Does anyone have a tip on when in the BIAB process to add steeping malts? I was thinking of just adding them @30 minutes during a 60 minute mash. Any response appreciated.
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I add mine for the entire mash. I am sure you could add them at 30 without a problem. But, why?
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 12:39:52 PM »
My guess: the thought is like the cold steep ...that it creates a less harsh, acrid final beer. I read a cpl articles on it and Dan Bies had a presentation at the 2016 AHA National Homebrewers Conference.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/cold-steeping-getting-the-most-out-of-dark-grains/

I prefer to include them in the mash to reduce/eliminate the need for acid (for pH control).

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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2018, 04:30:22 PM »
Have done it with black malts for a coffee oatmeal stout the dark malls and coffee were added to a gallon of cold water 24 hours prior to brew day   In a brew bag The Main mash was done with 4.5 gallons in another BlAB  the cold coffee/ Dark grains infusion was added to the boil with twenty minutes remaining along with a couple cinnamon sticks The beer was smooth with out any toasty bitterness Some people liked it and some did not but you could taste the difference


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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 02:18:58 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My last couple of batches have had a puckering, tea-like flavour that I don't want.
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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 02:30:41 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My last couple of batches have had a puckering, tea-like flavour that I don't want.
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What style are you brewing? Does the beer improve with a little aging?
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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2018, 03:06:45 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My last couple of batches have had a puckering, tea-like flavour that I don't want.
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Are you adjusting for pH in the mash?  If so, how?  Also, how do you calculate your addition(s)?



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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2018, 03:21:29 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. My last couple of batches have had a puckering, tea-like flavour that I don't want.
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Are you adjusting for pH in the mash?  If so, how?  Also, how do you calculate your addition(s)?



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That's what I was thinking when he said Tea. Tanins? Grains with husk on, soaked in high pH water?

I wish I had learned about water and pH before I went all grain.

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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2018, 08:18:47 AM »
I'm brewing 'Rushmore' American IPA. At this point I'm not doing any water or pH adjustment other than adding a campden tablet. Ageing may help as I bottle condition. I'll do a cold steep of Crystal 40 and add it to the mash @ 30 minutes. Let you know how it goes.

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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2018, 12:42:13 PM »
I'm brewing 'Rushmore' American IPA. At this point I'm not doing any water or pH adjustment other than adding a campden tablet. Ageing may help as I bottle condition. I'll do a cold steep of Crystal 40 and add it to the mash @ 30 minutes. Let you know how it goes.

Brad Smith (creator of BeerSmith tool) presented off flavors a while back. My concern is your mash pH. It could be other issues. Here’s one of his charts:




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Re: Steeping Specialty Malts BIAB
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2018, 12:20:24 AM »
Good info. Maybe I'll do a pH test.