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Old 05-14-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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can it get any worse?? first i realize oh crap i didnt put grains in first before water with lautern tun (zap pap) so i had to think fast and grab an other bucket although it doesnt have a spigot! any ideas on how to get water out? lol (this guy is screwed).. then i break my hydrometer! its only 10 am and i think i need a home brew

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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That's your problem. You shouldn't even lift a bucket before you have a homebrew.

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Should of had a few homebrew first.

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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I had a rough one last time I brewed.

First AG weighing my own grain, I assumed I could use a bathroom scale and just subtract the weight of the bucket. The theory makes sense, but it didn't work out in reality. Then while milling, I got a chunk of plastic or something in my mill, so it wasn't working like it should. After troubleshooting that, and getting ground up all of my grain, I filled my MLT and added my water, Boy this is doughy! I ended up with 25lb of grain (twice my recipe) in my MLT, so I add more water... Then after I finished mashing, the sparge went well, aside from burning my hand lifting hot vessels, etc, but I need a pump. After burn-care, I got quite a few boil-overs. Then I ended up only getting half of my wort out of my kettle because my hoses got clogged with hop leaves (I should have been using pellet, decided to try whole-leaf). I tried to use my pickup tube to drain the kettle - no dice, and that's now melted.

I ended up using 25lb of grain, burning my hand, breaking a drill (that I didn't really want, but meh), and only getting half of the wort out. It was a rough day. I learned a lot, but boy...

Now my wish list includes a pump, a pickup tube, and a scale, in addition to the previous entries!

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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can it get any worse?? first i realize oh crap i didnt put grains in first before water with lautern tun (zap pap) so i had to think fast and grab an other bucket although it doesnt have a spigot! any ideas on how to get water out? lol (this guy is screwed).. then i break my hydrometer! its only 10 am and i think i need a home brew
Wait whats the big deal putting the water in first? I always put the water in first makes zero difference
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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I was thinking the same thing...

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I had a rough one last time I brewed.

First AG weighing my own grain, I assumed I could use a bathroom scale and just subtract the weight of the bucket. The theory makes sense, but it didn't work out in reality. Then while milling, I got a chunk of plastic or something in my mill, so it wasn't working like it should. After troubleshooting that, and getting ground up all of my grain, I filled my MLT and added my water, Boy this is doughy! I ended up with 25lb of grain (twice my recipe) in my MLT, so I add more water... Then after I finished mashing, the sparge went well, aside from burning my hand lifting hot vessels, etc, but I need a pump. After burn-care, I got quite a few boil-overs. Then I ended up only getting half of my wort out of my kettle because my hoses got clogged with hop leaves (I should have been using pellet, decided to try whole-leaf). I tried to use my pickup tube to drain the kettle - no dice, and that's now melted.

I ended up using 25lb of grain, burning my hand, breaking a drill (that I didn't really want, but meh), and only getting half of the wort out. It was a rough day. I learned a lot, but boy...

Now my wish list includes a pump, a pickup tube, and a scale, in addition to the previous entries!
Sounds rough.

Grab a couple paint strainer bags for hops.
I use a $10 digital scale that measures grams for hops and up to 11lbs for grain.
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Then I ended up only getting half of my wort out of my kettle because my hoses got clogged with hop leaves (I should have been using pellet, decided to try whole-leaf).
I actually used the protective cover that our new Food Saver came in to make small single-use hops bags. It looked like cotton so I washed it, dried it and cut it into small squares. Weighed hops in, some twine to close it and into the pot when required. Worked great and worked as a filter too! However, I also lost about 1.5gal in my kettle due to a clogged mesh hose... I'm thinking about pouring it (the remainder) through a strainer next time...
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I was taught to put the water in my MLT first. To preheat it then stir in the grains real good.

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Yeah I have also seen the debate of putting grain into water or water into grain and the conclusion has always been it doesnt really matter as long as each way is done slowely to prevent dough balls. Thats just what I`ve read though. Maybe I am misunderstanding the op but also why could the water not just have been poured back into the hlt and then into the mlt after the grain was added if thats the way they wanted to go. So confused

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