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Old 05-13-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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I've found preparing the night before for the next brew session very relaxing. Instead of using my electric drill to grind the grain, I have returned it to the shelf it lives on in my garage awaitng my next home improvement .

This might be a long post.. sorry about that.

The night before brew day I find enjoyment in weighing out the grains, crushing them and I also weigh out the hops. For the last few brews I've made I hand grind the grain.

The ground grains go into a HomeDepot orange bucket covered with Al. Hops measured and weighed to into seal-able plastic bags. Water additions (this is my first time) also went into one of those plastic bags. Lastly, put a whirfloc tablet and a Servomyces yeast nutrient into plastic bag. I marked it at 15, and also noted IC. All the hop bags have a number on them which I use to know the timing of each of them.

Tonight I was a little upset at myself because when I ordered grain, I accidentally ordered crushed grain, for the base grain. 10lbs of crushed Marris Otter. Well I weighed all the grains out, including the pre crushed Otter.. Broke out the Barley Crusher and started grinding. It was a failure at first.

I've double ground grain before. Didn't think it would eff any thing up doing it again. Well about 2 pounds into the hand grind.. the crusher stopped working. I thought maybe the flour of the pre crushed grain just didn't provide enough "traction" to pull the rest in. I shook the crap out of the mill, trying to get the flour part to the bottom and into the bucket I was using.

Didn't work. I finally got my drill and hooked it up to the Barley Crusher.. it worked. Got around 12 lbs of grain crushed. Bummed me out a little. I was so looking forward to grinding the grain by hand.

It's all good though. Grain, hops, water adjustments are all weighed out.
Tomorrow morning all I need to do is make some beer!.

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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I'm with you on this. I always prep everything possible the night before. I am doing my first all grain for my next batch, and I have a Barley Crusher on the way. I had planned on crushing my grains by hand the night before as you do. It definitely makes a smoother, more relaxing brewday. I like to get started as early as possible, so it just makes sense.

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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What time do you start brewing in the morning, Dan?

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Old 05-14-2012, 03:30 AM   #4
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I do the same thing. Haul most of my equipment out of the basement up to the garage. Filter the water I need to mash in. Grind the grain. Then in the morning I can start heating the strike water and eat breakfast while it heats up. This morning I was mashing by 8 AM.

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I do the same thing. Haul most of my equipment out of the basement up to the garage. Filter the water I need to mash in. Grind the grain. Then in the morning I can start heating the strike water and eat breakfast while it heats up. This morning I was mashing by 8 AM.
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Just so much easier to do ahead of a brew day, doesn't take alot of time the night before.
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What time do you start brewing in the morning, Dan?
Sometimes early other times late. I just enjoy the prep time the night before. For me, very relaxing.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:40 AM   #7
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I Haven't brewed in two months.

I have made 18 gallons of wine and 10 gallons of mead though.

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Ok, grinding grain by hand and enjoying it is just sick.

Other than that, I also like to get stuff done the day before. It's amazing how fast and easy it is to do this stuff, and then how much smoother the brewday goes.

I also weigh my grains and crush them and put them in a bucket with a label indicating what the mix is and when I crushed it (in case my brewday gets canceled)

I like to measure out the water and add minerals and acid beforehand too.

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I also do all of my prep the night before. My brew day would be too long if I didn't. I have to keep all of my stuff stored, so set-up and tear-down always takes a little time. I'm hoping to brew this weekend for the first time in over a month.

I hope your brew day went well Dan!

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Old 05-14-2012, 03:13 PM   #10
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Its really made the brewday more enjoyable when I prep the night before...almost the same exact system too:

All grains are measured and bagged
Hops/spices are weighed and in sealed containers with minute addition times
Equipment is cleaned and sanitized

All I have to do during brewing (besides the actual brewing) is zest fruit and grab ice. I am like 200 yards from a store so I can flameout, whirlpool, get ice and have it chilling in 20 minutes.

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