Extract kits are fine and good. They will produce the exact same flavor every time and you’ll never be surprised. Oh wait, that sounds boring to you? Then lets add some grain to your recipe and make it actually taste interesting.
Using grain with your extract recipe is called a partial mash, mini mash, or extract with grain. Basically you will take crushed grain that you bought at the homebrewing store and put it into a special bag (also available at the homebrewing store). Heat your water to 155-165 degrees and let you grain bag steep for about 30 minutes. After that remove the grain bag,¬¨‚Ä† add your extract and continue the recipe as usual.
Partial mashes are a great way to add special character to your recipe and it’s also an easy intro to All-grain homebrewing.
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