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Something light with low hops, check for off flavors. 12 36.36%
Strong beer, lots of hops, check for filtering capability. 10 30.30%
5 gallon batch, just in case something goes wrong! 17 51.52%
10 gallon batch, it's time to replenish the cellar! 8 24.24%
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default First Recipe to Brew on a New Electric Rig?

So, as the title states, what do you think would be the best recipe to brew first on a new electric rig? Working out the bugs is important before you jump straight into barleywine!

My build is HERE. It's an all electric single vessel build where I wanted to prove that you could do in one vessel what most rigs do with three. The central concept is using a big screened basket to work as a mashtun and also filter hops during the boil.

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Old 02-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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I would do a SMaSH or a simple amber on the first run. Something without a lot of additions in case your running around like a mad man

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Old 02-25-2011, 03:50 PM   #3
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A badass system demands a badass recipe.

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10gal simple batch, something without a lot of hop additions that will keep you busy throughout the boil. You'll have your hands full using all that new shiny stainless for the first time.

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I would do something bigger. I mean, you aren't going to have inherent off-flavors with this system IMO. The question is how well the basket etc. will work. Test that sucker out. IPA all the way.

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Go cheap and easy man. I'm going to make a SNPA clone for my first run with my electric system.

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Do a big beer with a large grain bill and lots of hops. max the system out. I agree with BK, I wouldn't worry about off flavors from the system itself if you're confident with brewing in general.

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My only concern about off flavors was from the JB weld in the basket....everything else is stainless. I've boiled a few times in it, so I'm hoping that got rid of any plasticky flavors. Also scrubbed everything with BKF and ran an oxiclean recirc.

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If you are worried about construction effecting flavor, do a hot water soak for a day and taste the resulting water. Maybe add some lemon juice to drop the acidity a bit.

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