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Old 01-04-2012, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default 1st beer attempt ever....with lots of pics - BIAB

Hi,

I learned a lot on this forum... have been collecting equipment and knowledge for over a year, probably closer to 2.

Today I just starting running through my first batch to get one under my belt and see what I am missing.

I got my keggle on my bayou classic burner...just moved the burner up higher to the grate to get more effieceint heat to the Keg.



Bottom of keg with custom pick up tube




Bottom of keg with stainless colander bottom part to keep bag from melting... Just in case....



Wind finally quit blowing in St Peters MO... but it was COLD today... ice on the lake at 10:30 am today.



Time to find all parts I bought 6-8 months ago for my carbon filter setup....



Luckily Home Depot is only 7 minutes away...
Cause I could not find all the parts I bought several months ago to get a water line from a faucet/hose in and out of this filter...... and I need other stuff too...
This is what $41 of misc parts looks like... why is this stuff so expensive ??



OK - I got filter up a running....2 buckets at 4 gallons each should get the job done... I guess...
8 gallons total in the keg for my BIAB attempt.
Based on what I figured from other post/calculator with my sludge, hop waste. etc...8 Gallons should get me close to where I want to be... 5.5 gallons after boil.




More to come on the next post.....

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Got the 8 gallons on the way up to 150ish mash in temp...

Time to break out the new barley crusher..aint she pretty?
Never used it... factory gap settings used... need to calibrate it some day and check the gap.



Need some grain to feed the crusher.
Break out the new scale and weigh out some grain...this scale is cool, was recommended here.
Was like 25 delivered... has a great "tare" setting and goes up to 10 pounds or something.



OK -
I see why people hook up drills/motors to the grain crushers... man... cranking these things is a painful job.*
1st crush



3rd time thru the crusher
Looks good enough to bread some fish with!



Bag in the keg - ready for some dough in



dough in done
150-ish is my target temp.
Wrapped up with an old sleeping bag - will mash for 90 minutes then raise up to 175 for a few minutes more.



remote probe showing I one degree high... went down in a few minutes.
Had to pull off blankets and give it a little heat after 40 minutes...dropped to 145...then it held pretty good for the rest of the time.



Ladder makes a great bag hanger upper - one big S hook and it stays out of the water dripping out/squeezing after mash was raised to 175.



Boiling .... smells incredible
Hard to see the top of the wort when it is boiling and all that steam was pouring off of there.
Oh well - Had to put my head right down in there and breath in all the steam and hop smell...darn I hate when I have to do that hahah...

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Time to prep the new IC I built. (dual coil immersion chiller for those who might see this via search )
2 coils - *one flows bottom up and one flows top down.
Got the ideas from a few other posts/members here - thanks all



I said it was cold today.... this block never completely melted.



It only took about 6-7 minutes to get this down to 70 degrees....with the cold day and the new IC... I was very happy with the new IC.



Carried the keg and wort inside....let it drain into the carboy.
If I would have used some kind of hop bag during the boil process... I might have much cleaner wort.... need to order one for the next brew.
I had muck and hops all the bottom of the wort.
I tried to strain the wort and there was so much hop sludge that it it blocked my filter in seconds.

Lesson learned - get some kind of hop bag !!

I made up a gallon of starsan from some distilled water I bought.
Put some in a spray bottle and left the rest in the gallon jug.

I sprayed that white bowl with starsan, then put in clean distilled water in the bowl then dumped my S-05 yeast in there.
Stirred, with sprayed spoon, let it sit for a while, stirred again later... then dumped in the carboy.
Hope that was right?



I need a nice tube for this hydrometer... thought I had one somewhere... hit my OG per the recipe - sample was at 70 degrees.
Now I need some kind of really long wine thief dealy bob to get more samples out of my carboy... I guess a section of 1/2 hose would work also.

Used this recipe - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f62/mill...hopped-123937/



Got it all setup ready for some bubbles...hope they show up soon...but not all at once

My basement corner is perfect for summer fermenting, but a touch cold right now... about 61 on the floor.



Got my stuff all cleaned up -*
Dont laugh at my urinal... everyone should have one or two ...haha



By the time I got it all done, sun was going down.
I guess it took me about 6 hours from start to finish, including a trip to home depot.

The radio said it was the shortest day of the year... but I thought that was December 26th...any way... it was a GOOD day.



My wort tastes a little bitter hope it mellows out some.
Already clearing up some...*
Now I wait... and work on my kegs/kegerator


I hope someone might learn something from my pics...(either right or wrong *)
I appreciate all the great folks on this sight.
This thread would not be possible if not for this great community.

thanks Kevin

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Wow, you collected knowledge and equipment for a long time before your first batch.. I went from getting the idea to try homebrewing to boiling in about 2 weeks.. haha. I should have gone your route, because I jumped in head first without a clue as to what I was doing. This is how I tend to do things, though. On the fly!! Good luck on your first batch!

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Impressive! I'm also looking to get going on my first all grain BIAB in the next couple weeks, and this thread is inspiring/helpful. Where did you get your grain bag??

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Wow, you collected knowledge and equipment for a long time before your first batch.. I went from getting the idea to try homebrewing to boiling in about 2 weeks.. haha. I should have gone your route, because I jumped in head first without a clue as to what I was doing. This is how I tend to do things, though. On the fly!! Good luck on your first batch!
I forgot to mention I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old.
That is why I am so slow getting going.
Then I thought I was going to go whole hog a have a 3 vessel setup and was working to get all that stuff in place.
But then switched plans to go BIAB.

Everybody went back to work/daycare today.... I have 8 hours for me...yah !

thanks Kevin
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Impressive! I'm also looking to get going on my first all grain BIAB in the next couple weeks, and this thread is inspiring/helpful. Where did you get your grain bag??
thanks !

Bag came from here -
http://www.bagbrewer.com/


BIAB and Jeff's bag review here -
http://homebrewacademy.com/brew-in-a-bag-review

Recommend Jeff and his custom bags.

Kevin
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Very cool, man. Thanks a bunch!

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I forgot to mention I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old.
That is why I am so slow getting going.
Then I thought I was going to go whole hog a have a 3 vessel setup and was working to get all that stuff in place.
But then switched plans to go BIAB.

Everybody went back to work/daycare today.... I have 8 hours for me...yah !

thanks Kevin
Lucky you! 8 hours, I'm not sure what I would do with my self with that much free time.

My wife works evening so I have kid duty during that time. Anything brew related gets started about 9:00pm so it makes for a late night. I did a BIAB last Friday and by the time I got everything cleaned up and put away it was well after 2 in the morning. Makes for some late nights. But enjoy it non-the-less.
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Awesome, man! Wort always tastes more bitter than the finished beer, it'll mellow out nicely. Cheers to a new brewer!!

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