Today I took the first major step in a plan I’ve been ruminating on for the past year or so. Scott, one of my school district instructional coaching partners, came over with his beer making equipment. We went into the basement.
First we started 3 gallons of water to heat on the stove.
The malt needed to steep for about an hour, we added more hot water occasionally. Eventually we started draining the mix to reheat it on the stove and pour back over the top in order to release all the sugars from the grains.
I checked the specific gravity later and the reading is 1.54 which is pretty darned close (1.58) where we need it in order to have a final alcohol content of 6%.