So i'm going to brew an amber ale this weekend, and I am hoping to tweak my technique a little bit to get the most out of my beer. It's an extract kit from midwest supplies, and it includes specialty grains and 6 lbs of liquid malt extract. I will steep the grains in one pot, and heat water in a second pot to the same temp. I will rinse the grains with this second batch of water right into the boil kettle. Is this acceptable, do I benefit from doing this rather than just doing everything in one pot?
I also want to add half the LME early, and the second half in the last 15min of the boil. I heard this is supposed to improve the quality of the beer.
I'm mainly concerned about the steeping. Should I even bother rinsing my grains with more water or is that excessive/unnecessary?