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Stevorino 03-06-2008 02:34 PM

1st All-Grain Measurements
 
Hey guys-- I'm doing the CloneBrew Sierra Nevada recipe for my first All-Grain batch. I plan to batch sparge.

Should I get extra grain/hops or anything for my first run? I'm doing a pale ale hoping it'll be a little forgiving but I have no idea what to expect as far as efficiency or anything.

I've already made the order, so if ya'll think I'll be fine, that'd be best. But it shouldn't be too much of a hassle to change it if I need to.

Thanks!

Steve

ohiobrewtus 03-06-2008 02:40 PM

Normally on your first AG it's a good idea to expect 60-65% efficiency. If you think that's to far below your target OG, then you could always add a couple more pounds of base malt.

Stevorino 03-06-2008 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ohiobrewtus
Normally on your first AG it's a good idea to expect 60-65% efficiency. If you think that's to far below your target OG, then you could always add a couple more pounds of base malt.

I believe the recipe assumes an efficiency of 70%...yikes!

wildwest450 03-06-2008 03:40 PM

You should be ok, my first ag was a pale ale and I only hit about 65% with a 70% grain bill. I was a little short on the OG, but I still made a yummy beer.

IowaStateFan 03-06-2008 03:49 PM

And if you are a little short on the O.G. you can add a little DME. While not truly "All-Grain" it'll be close enough. Personally, I'd rather do that than come up short.

wildwest450 03-06-2008 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IowaStateFan
And if you are a little short on the O.G. you can add a little DME. While not truly "All-Grain" it'll be close enough. Personally, I'd rather do that than come up short.

:off: Is there a formula for figuring how much DME to add if you do come up short?

McKBrew 03-06-2008 04:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wildwest450
:off: Is there a formula for figuring how much DME to add if you do come up short?


You'd have to use some sort of software or do the manual math to figure out how much exactly to add.

FSR402 03-06-2008 04:23 PM

Just stick to the recipe and what ever it ends up it ends up. Enjoy it... It is beer and you made it..
My 1st AG I hit 78% but my 2nd I hit 66% so what ever. I later figured out that it was the crush. Now I have my own mill and all is good.

Stevorino 03-06-2008 05:15 PM

Awesome-- thanks guys. As always, great answers in a timely fashion!

Soperbrew 03-06-2008 06:56 PM

I have another thread currently posted asking how to exactly add the extra DME. I received a response on how much. I was told 1 lb. of DME in a 5 gallon batch should give you about a 10 pt. increase in gravity.

My questions was when & how do you make the DME addition since the gravity is read after cooling the wort? It would suck to have to boil the DME separately, wait for it to cool & add it.


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