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Old 01-30-2014, 09:32 PM   #11
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My advice to first-time AG brewers -- don't chase the needle in your mash. When you mix the strike water with the grain, give it a few minutes for the grain to soak up the water and for the temperature to settle out. Don't start making adjustments the first second your temps seem too high (or low).

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Old 02-06-2014, 01:17 AM   #12
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Just an update on how my brew day went. I took notes as others had suggested and also pre heated my mash tun. I only dropped about 2 degrees from target temp in an hour. I think I might have used too much heat during the hour long boil as I ended up one gallon shy of my final volume. Too much heat is the only reason I can figure out why I lost so much. But now I'm having trouble keeping a high enough ferment temp. Seriously considering buying a temp controller with a brew belt.

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Old 02-06-2014, 02:28 AM   #13
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Just an update on how my brew day went. I took notes as others had suggested and also pre heated my mash tun. I only dropped about 2 degrees from target temp in an hour. I think I might have used too much heat during the hour long boil as I ended up one gallon shy of my final volume. Too much heat is the only reason I can figure out why I lost so much. But now I'm having trouble keeping a high enough ferment temp. Seriously considering buying a temp controller with a brew belt.

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Old 02-06-2014, 02:41 AM   #14
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Yeah thats what I've been reading. I've been at 66 degrees so hopefully its doing ok. The one thing I did was add a half gallon of sterilized water to my batch since I was a gallon shy. I hope I didn't ruin it. I didn't want to add too much to water it down but wanted to have a little more final product

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Old 02-06-2014, 08:41 AM   #15
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Topping up with cold boiled water is ok,
Continuously taking the SG during topping up is good to do, however make sure each portion is mixed in thoroughly. To do this input the hydrometer or refractometer directly into the FV.
My ferments are at the moment all sitting at low 60, I am sure it's better than high 60, I don't get any crazy krausen this way.

Realising big losses during the brew is a real irritation, but it's a normal part of the game.

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Old 02-06-2014, 09:47 AM   #16
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And congratulations on what what seems to have been a relatively smooth first time out.

I've only done 4 AG batches myself, and I'm still getting dialed in. Seems like there's always something I could have done better, or simpler, or sooner, or....

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Old 02-06-2014, 10:07 AM   #17
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Your dead right there Troy2000, there is always something that was not just as it should be. In my brew this week I made mistakes with my yeast, I had my rehydrated yeast solution it was about half a jug , this was to be devided into three fermenters, two of about a gallon and one of four gallons, I did my sums and refered to my half jug as 500mls, It was actually only 250mls, so I have over pitched the one gallons before realising there wasn't much left for the larger volume. Ok , I swore !
All are bubbling fine though and I think all will be ok.

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Old 02-06-2014, 11:40 AM   #18
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As for your volume loss robb117, it could easily be dry air. Your profile doesn't give a location, but in the Midwest the air has been so dry lately that evaporation is much higher (I lost ~2gal while boiling my last 10g batch). I typically keep my keggle partially covered when brewing in cold weather to limit evaporation but make sure enough steam vents to eliminate DMS.

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