AdrianDBW
I had an idea this morning and wanted to see if anyone had tried it or had any opinions really!

Can you cold steep grain and freeze it ahead of brew day?

I'm going to make a BIPA at some point in the next few weeks, but I'll be steeping the midnight wheat at room temperature for two days (to get colour with minimum flavour) before adding the run off at the end of the boil. However, knowing two days in advance that I'll definitely be getting a brew on is difficult, so if I steep the grain now, whip out the bag and freeze it, and then defrost it on brew day, will it be OK? Or will I end up with a sour BIPA?
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Clibit
AdrianDBW wrote:
I had an idea this morning and wanted to see if anyone had tried it or had any opinions really!

Can you cold steep grain and freeze it ahead of brew day?

I'm going to make a BIPA at some point in the next few weeks, but I'll be steeping the midnight wheat at room temperature for two days (to get colour with minimum flavour) before adding the run off at the end of the boil. However, knowing two days in advance that I'll definitely be getting a brew on is difficult, so if I steep the grain now, whip out the bag and freeze it, and then defrost it on brew day, will it be OK? Or will I end up with a sour BIPA?


Can't see why not, as long as it goes in the boil at some stage, I think.

I've never cold steeped grain. Ever.


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GHW
I’d be wary
Think of the funny taste ice cubes sometimes have, do you want that in your beer?
Perhaps my freezer needs cleaning
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Hops_and_Dreams
I'd expect that your steeped grains will almost definitely go sour if stored at room temp for 2 days. Boiling would sterilize it, but will not remove the flavour.

Each to their own, but I just stick the dark grains in the mash for a black IPA. I like the slight roasty flavour, otherwise I'd just make a regular IPA.
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Hops_and_Dreams
GHW wrote:
I’d be wary
Think of the funny taste ice cubes sometimes have, do you want that in your beer?
Perhaps my freezer needs cleaning

Is that like the ice cream you've forgotten about for months that has frost on it? That also tastes weird.
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GHW
Hops_and_Dreams wrote:

Is that like the ice cream you've forgotten about for months that has frost on it? That also tastes weird.

Exactamundo
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