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Old 04-08-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Brew Day 4-9-11

Already got my starter going, its on the stirplate doing its thing. Tonight I'll put all the plumbing together and get most of it set up for tomorrow. Also need to weigh and sort all the hops. Doing BM's Outer Limits IPA. 30% chance of rain, trying to decide to do this one indoors or not. Cya in the morning!!

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Old 04-08-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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Doing the same thing myself. I mean brewing, not an IPA though. Doing my first ever Pilsner. Im over on the Eastern Shore and have the same chance of rain. I just leave the garage door open and brew in there myself. Starting early I think, around 8. Good luck. Cheers!

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Forgot to mention this is my first AG batch ever. Any recommendations on what I should do tonight to prepare? Also, when doing my partials I always lost a lot of temp with my tun. Its a 10 gallon circular cooler. I covered it with blankets and what not but still lost temp big time. Any thoughts?

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Fill the lid with spray foam.

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In the winter (i brew out in my shed) I would drop 6-7 deg, but once it gets to around 60 outside, I really don't drop more than 4-5 deg over an hour. I'm just using a 10 gal rubbermaid cooler, I did drop more with the Igloo brand, and the Igloo warped on the inside big time also, thats why I have a rubbermaid now. It split wide open on the inside I've had no problems with the 5 gal igloo, go figure

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Doing the same thing myself. I mean brewing, not an IPA though. Doing my first ever Pilsner. Im over on the Eastern Shore and have the same chance of rain. I just leave the garage door open and brew in there myself. Starting early I think, around 8. Good luck. Cheers!
Yeah, I could brew it up in the man cave (shed), but I'm sooooo ready for warmer weather I just can't wait to brew it up on the back deck. Its just so much nicer. Of course, 60 isn't all that warm....lol I guess I'm staying in the shed.
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Im going to run by Ace in 20 mins and get that spray foam, thanks. My cooler is a home depot generic I guess. But its the same design as the one you describe. I think another reason was because I wasnt warmer the cooler forst with hot water. I was just pouring and and letting it go. Maybe the fact that it was a partial mash and I was using that 10 gallon cooler had something to do with also. Lots of air space. No mater what, Im excited about tomorrow. Now I just have to make sure I have plenty of propane.

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Sunday is looking nice but since we have a 2 week old baby I think the wife will want to get out of the house. SO I will use the rainy day to make my brew. Monday is looking really nice over here. About 80 or so and sunny last I heard. Its about time.

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I didn't see anyone else mention it but I recommend preheating the MLT. I use about 5 gallons at 150 for a half hour before mashing in then drain that back into my kettle and reheat a bit to my strike temp. then add it back to the MLT (I like to do the water first because my cooler is graduated and that's what I use for my strike volume) and the in with the grains. I've found that preheating really helps maintain that temp--I'm sure your insulation will help even more. Good luck!

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