Learning these 2 simple brewing techniques will take your extract beer to a whole new level!
By steeping specialty grains and boiling hops, it opens up a whole new range of beer styles and overall control you have on your finished product.
ALL YOU NEED IS:
1 x 8–10L Pot
1 x Thermometer
1 x Grain Bag
1–1.5 hours of your time
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
The process basically involves steeping a small amount of grain in 70 C water for 10 minutes. Mixing in your extract and boiling some hops. SIMPLE!
Here’s the best part…
Following these next techniques will give you a significant amount of control over your recipes and most importantly, will improve the quality of your beer.
STEEPING SPECIALTY GRAINS
Steeping specialty grains is the first step for advancing your extract brewing. This process will enable you to have more control over the final product by allowing you to add specific flavors and colour to your beer.
Here’s how to do it…
STEP 1: Fill pot with 6–8L of water and heat to 70 C.
STEP 2: Add steeping grains into a grain bag and place in your pot of 70 C water. Leave to steep for 10 minutes.
STEP 3: Remove steeping grains from pot and dispose.
STEP 4: Bring pot up to a boil. At boiling mix in extracts until dissolved.
By using un-hopped malt extract and boiling your own hops, it allows you to dial in the perfect hop profile.
Follow these steps…
STEP 1: After dissolving the extract in your pot, bring back up to a boil.
STEP 2: At boiling begin to add your hops into the boiling wort at the designated times according to your recipe.
*Each recipe will have different hop addition times specific to that recipe.
STEP 3: At the conclusion of your boiling time, pour the wort (through a strainer) into your fermenter
STEP 4: Proceed your brewday as normal.