Step 4: Steeping

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This is the brewing term for the process of extracting the goodness from specialty grains, crystal malt in this recipe. First pour 1/2 gallon of water from your 3 gallon water bottle and place a mark at the 2 1/2 gallon water level. Now pour up to 2 1/2 gallons of the remaining water into your brew pot leaving at least 3 inches to the top of the pot. Add your crushed grains. Turn on the heat to medium high and bring the temperature up to 150 to 155 degrees. Turn off the heat and cover the brew pot to let the magic take place inside for 30 minutes. Use a strainer to remove as much of the spent grain as possible without worrying too much about a few remaining grains.
jp_pianoguy5 years ago
Flour sack or any clean cotton or nylon bag works too.
morgano5 years ago
Alternatively, you could make a grain bag out of a nylon stocking, an old T-shirt, dishtowel, etc. Much easier to remove the grains this way! Also, when you remove the bag, allow it to drain, but don't squeeze the bag or you'll extract some harsh tannins. Cheers!
yocum1379 years ago
If you've got some cheese cloth and butchers string, make a "tea bag" with your grain. Use a double layer of the cloth, pour your grain in, tie it off and put it in the pot. Much easier to get out, when you're done.