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Old 02-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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Get this book. Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles. It's got a lot of good info. it's like $14.00 at amazon.

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #12
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Go to the nearest hardware store and ask for 5 gallon paint strainer bags. They should come 2 in a package. Use your 5 gallon pot and do a half-size batch all grain (2 1/2 gallon batch). You'll need the grains crushed and a decent thermometer that is accurate. You can use a small digital thermometer but something you can leave in the water/wort is nice to have. Use software to determine the temperature for strike water (it calculates the water temperature so when you add the grains your mash will be right at the temp you need). Stir the grains in well, cover and insulate (towel, blanket, sleeping bag, etc) and leave it for an hour. Pull the bag and drain it, squeezing out all you can and you've just done a no sparge BIAB all grain. Minimal expense, low investment in case it doesn't turn out good since you only used a small amount of grains (don't worry, it will turn out).

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Old 02-20-2013, 10:05 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of your great suggestions everyone!

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Old 02-23-2013, 12:49 AM   #14
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Hop combinations have really suprised me in that flavor profile are unique for the same hops by changing the amounts and hop addition timing to include pre- boil 150 degree wort addition while waiting for the second run on the grain. The subtle combinations of two of three different types of hops can be magic.

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