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Old 10-20-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default Hello and First Brew day coming soon!

A big hello and thanks to all the posters here.. I have been lurking for a couple weeks now - reading and building up equipment. (Trying to get a first brew in without a massive outlay of cash - thanks to a fellow brewer letting me borrow his BrewKettle and burner)

Built a Cooler MLT - with CPVC Manafold
Cleaned 48+ bottles.
Just ordered my grains from Midwest... Scottish Ale 80 All-Grain
(Pale Malt - Crystal 20L, 80L and 120L, Peat Malt, EastGoldings Pellet - and Wyeast 1728)
Would anyone recommend a little Irish moss - esp. in my first brew?

Wish me luck... I will post results after brew day, if anyone is interested.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:52 PM   #2
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Nice work John.. good setup to start with thats for sure.. would love to know how it all goes.

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Old 10-20-2009, 11:13 PM   #3
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welcome!

The irish mosh is not a necessity but more of a finishing touch or basically if you want to clear your beer up. Depending on how Wyeast 1728 flocculates you may not need it, I am not familiar with that yeast strain. It won't hurt anything though and it's not like it's expensive...

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Old 10-21-2009, 04:43 AM   #4
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All grain for your first brew, you are far braver than I. Maybe one day we'll take that step. Let us know how it comes out, and welcome aboard.


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Old 10-21-2009, 01:56 PM   #5
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I use Irish Moss since it's cheap and easy (don't tell it I said that). Not really sure if it does all that much though.

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Old 10-21-2009, 09:59 PM   #6
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:33 PM   #7
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Default First Brew day in the Bag!

You know what today is... "Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble." --- What better way to start Halloween than firing up a cauldron of wort!

My first all-grain brew went well! No boil overs! my DIY MLT worked - no leaks! My DIY chiller cooled the beer in around 20mins! Again I have to give HUGE props to all the posters here... the numerous tips I read REALLY helped.

Two questions:
1. Only small issue I had was I don't think I had my sparge water hot enough - I batch sparged with 4.5gal - but the grain temp reading was only around 160ish... any issues with this?

2. I have my primary in the basement - but right now the bucket temp strip is reading about 70degrees... I pitched Wyeast 1728 (Scottish Ale) - which I think need a lower ferment temp... any major issues here? And any suggestions to try to cool it?

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Old 11-01-2009, 12:19 AM   #8
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Search for swamp cooler to see one way to lower the fementation temp.

It really works.

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Old 11-01-2009, 02:15 PM   #9
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I normally put Irish Moss in all my brews. I did not use Irish Moss in a couple brews a few months ago because I was drinking to much while brewing and spaced it off. Those brews came out pretty cloudy. It does not change the flavor, but sure makes them look nicer if you are using clear glass to drink it.

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Old 11-04-2009, 11:11 PM   #10
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good luck with your first day of brewing !!

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