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More Beer extract kits w/ steeping grains

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by jmich24, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. jmich24

    jmich24 Advocate (545) Michigan Jan 28, 2010 Verified

    I just received 3 extract kits with steeping grains from MoreBeer. Many of the "steeping grains" (including white wheat, Vienna, Munich) need to be mashed from what I have read elsewhere. What benefits if any, will these grains and to my beer without a mini-mash? If nothing why would Morebeer bother adding these to the kits?

    One example here: http://hopville.com/recipe/1186719/american-ipa-recipes/galaxy-ipa

  2. I regularly see kits that have mash only grains in them. They will provide some flavor, but it isn't best practice. Some kits tell you to do a mini mash (which is entirely possible with that recipe). A mini mash fixes the issue.
  3. Homebrew42

    Homebrew42 Savant (445) New York Dec 20, 2006

    I'll never understand why even reputable homebrew supply stores and homebrew recipe books still to this day recommend steeping grains that should not be steeped. Sure, steeping a lb or so of starchy grain isn't going to ruin you're beer, but it's not the best way to do things either, and these people should know that.
  4. HerbMeowing

    HerbMeowing Savant (460) Virginia Nov 10, 2010

    The MoreBeer catalog states...
    "Base malts are used in the Mini Mash or All Grain brewing process (never in Malt Extract brewing) because they must be mashed."

    Listed under Base Malts are Wheat...Munich...and Vienna.
    Could be their kit instructions are too generic.

    Not too much differnce between steeping and mini mashing anyway.
    Mash your grains for 30-45" ~154°F and then sparge.
  5. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poobah (1,030) Pennsylvania Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    ... at ratio of water to grain that will facilitate efficient conversion, say about 1-2 qts per pound.
    HerbMeowing likes this.
  6. jmich24

    jmich24 Advocate (545) Michigan Jan 28, 2010 Verified

    I have decided to do my first brew in a bag. I have left over from the kits
    12oz British crystal 50-60
    2 lbs white wheat
    6 ounces caramel 15.
    1 pound Vienna
    1 pound carapils
    1 pound Munich

    Any recipe idea to use up all of this extra grain, I was thinking maybe a black ipa adding a little carafa 3.
  7. You are going to need to get some base malts to go with those grains. You could always buy some pilsner malt and use the Vienna, and crystal you have to make a bitter.
  8. jmich24

    jmich24 Advocate (545) Michigan Jan 28, 2010 Verified

    I was hoping for a few specific recipes. Base malt will be purchased to fit recipe.