(I accidentally posted this in the extract section, so I am reposting it in here)
I know you guys get a lot of "it's my first attempt at AG how does this sound?" questions.
Well, I'm no diffrrent. I plan on doing AG since I have been reading on it for sometime. I have a 10 gal polarwar(from my extract boils) w/ spigot and plan on intalling a thermometer for my HLT. I have a 10 gal powerade cooler that I plan on installing a spigot and stainless screen from the outside of water hose. I have just aquired a keg that I plan on cutting the top off of, also installing a spigot and something for hops for the boil kettle.
I want to do step mashing eventually but will probably just do single to start with and do a batch sparge. Am I correct that if I do a single step mash I need to get the temperature of the mash around 152ish and let set for ~60 minutes. Then if I am going to do a batch sparge I just add the rest of my water to get final volume, pour in and stir let sit ~10 minutes, clear runoff and drain.
My hangups are how can I figure what temperature the water additions to the mash need to be based on my grain bill, is that what the brewing software can tell me? Can ProMash help me figure all this out as far as volumes and whatnot? Can I do step mashes with this setup by just adding a higher temperature water?
Thanks in advance, I just want to do it right