Steep Grains

Brew thermometer in action

Fill your brewpot with 2-3 gal water, and turn on the heat. Monitor the temperature closely.

Fill a hop sock with your malts and tie it closed. When the temperature reaches 150 degrees fahrenheit, through the sock in.

Continue keeping an eye on the temperature. Try to hold it below 160, and don't let it stray higher than that for long periods at a time. Getting the malt too hot will result in unpleasant off-flavors. Savor the aroma of the barley as you watch the liquid turn dark brow. Stir occaisionally.

Squeeze some goodness out of your barley

After 30 minutes, remove the bag. Using a spoon or spatula, squeeze lightly against the side of your pot to get some of the good juice out.