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Old 01-04-2014, 01:18 PM   #31
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Thanks so much for all the tips. You guys are great.

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Old 01-05-2014, 02:10 AM   #32
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Good thread. I just did my first all grain BIAB. I think I really suffered with wort extraction from the bag. I wasn't used to having so much grist in there and could hold the bag up and squeeze it at the same time. I believe I will have to sort out some sort of a pulley mechanism so I can squeeze with two hands while its suspended. I think this is why I was off on my OG. I couldn't get the wort out of the bag. It was still really wet (dripping) when I was cleaning it out. Disappointing.

I also really screwed up the volume going into the boil kettle. My mash was way, way to thick. I ended up adding 3 litres to the mash from my tea kettle. Having such a low mash volume meant that I was supposed to sparge with 20 litres.... That seemed crazy to me as it was supposed to be a 35 litre boil. I ended up with way too boil volume and topped up with about 9 litres post boil. Not what I was looking for.... Good learning experience tho.
IMHO if you have to go to the trouble of rigging a pulley system you may as well batch sparge, the equipment with a little planing cost very little, plus with the exception of heating water quickly and the boil can be done in your kitchen
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:16 AM   #33
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I've learned techniques and improved my efficiency to the point that an all grain batch takes about the same amount of time that an extract batch. It can be done.
I agree! my first all grain took 6 hours but with experiance I got it down to 4 hours 10 min, when I brew with extract I always do mini mash and that takes 3 hours 50 min
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:42 PM   #34
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I bottled today two batches, first batch 40 - 500ml bottles nice smooth operation. Then batch two just a small brew 12 - 250ml bottles all smooth, then after capping the last one realised I hadn't primed the second batch, so had to individual prime and recap, what a PITA !

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Old 01-09-2014, 02:03 AM   #35
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Nice work fartinmartin. I once racked to my bottling bucket without prepping my priming solution but I caught it before getting the bottles filled. I feel your pain though

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Old 01-09-2014, 12:56 PM   #36
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Make sure all valves are closed!!!

Luckily never happened to me, but had a friend the other day lose most of his first runnings when draining to kettle from his mashtun. I finally caught it and after sparging only had about half his estimated pre-boil wort.

Next lesson has already been discussed previously in the thread. Don't worry so much. We just laughed it off, added some more water and threw in a pound of DME. Still a little low in gravity, but will make a nice session ale.

Welcome to all-grain!

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Old 01-09-2014, 03:30 PM   #37
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Aaron made the yeast starter yesterday. We're brewing on Sunday. It seems to be a very basic recipe for all grain so fingers are crossed. Since we alternate brewing a beer for me and brewing one for him, I'm really hoping this turns out as this one is for me. Midas touch.

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Old 01-11-2014, 02:08 AM   #38
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on your first try, you will most likely not hit your OG, so go with something that doesnt have a billion IBU's, or it could end up tasting like a weird salad. This is assuming adding DME to offset wont happen with everything going on.

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