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Steeping Temp
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:09:30 PM »
I had understood that 20 minutes is always the MAX steeping time due to tannin issues happening beyond the 20 mark.  However, the more I pursue boards, the more I see 20 - 30 minutes.  Any insight as to the difference and impact (if any) of going beyond 20 minutes?  Thanks.

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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 07:34:46 PM »
Time has nothing to do with tannin extraction.  pH is the factor of concern.
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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 11:32:02 PM »
Thanks.   I appreciate your reply. So, I can ignore when it says not to go past 20 minutes. Would 30 be my new, safe number for steeping? Is there a general time-limit for steeping?

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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2018, 04:34:14 AM »
Agree.  pH is the issue of concern here.  Steep for 20 minutes, an hour, 2 hours.  It will be fine, unless pH isn't. 

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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2018, 05:14:19 AM »
What JT and Denny have said above

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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2018, 02:42:16 PM »
Thanks.   I appreciate your reply. So, I can ignore when it says not to go past 20 minutes. Would 30 be my new, safe number for steeping? Is there a general time-limit for steeping?

Sure...30, 40, 60.....it realkky makes no difference
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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 05:44:26 PM »
When I was on extract brewing I would make a small pot of water for like 3lbs of specialty grains and make a tea that I would pour into my 5gallons of extract. For the flavor and color. I never had a tannin issue, and I would step my grains for an entire hour. That helped me understand the mashing process when I was first starting out.
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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2018, 05:56:52 PM »
Gents, thank you.  Is there a particular benefit to steeping for longer?  Do you end up with more body and 'schmock' in the finished product?

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Re: Steeping Temp
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2018, 07:32:05 PM »
Gents, thank you.  Is there a particular benefit to steeping for longer?  Do you end up with more body and 'schmock' in the finished product?

Maybe, but no guarantee.  You'll have to decide that for yourself.
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