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Old 04-25-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Did my first all grain on Sunday

Brewed a witbier Sunday. First all-grain. It was batch sparging. Ended up getting some plastic buckets from a guy. 1 bucket had a bunch of holes in bottom. NEsted inside another bucket with a spigot. Had to replace the spigot when I got it, but after I sanitized it all. Idea was to hit 155 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. I went to some on-line calculaters to determing strike temp. Had notes and everything went according to plan until I added grain to the water. The volume of water added was correct. But I didn't account for the 1 gallon of deadspace between the buckets!
There went my carefully thought out plan. HA! Winged it. Trying to get 7 gallons into kettle. Plan was to get 3.5 gallons from the runnings. Ended up getting the 7 gallons.
Wort chiller I used for 1st time was awesome. The LHBS gave me some Fermentis S-33 or something. I had about a gallon left to fill the 5 gallons in glass carboy, added rehydrated yeast. 2 hours later at 62 F, already seeing fermentation activity. Woke up Monday morning, to watch it (can't help it!!) it looked like kreusened already?!?!?!? There was a ring above the brew in carboy indicating this. I was shocked. I was expecting maybe today or something it'd pick up. Very pleased. So on safe side, brought it upstairs this evening to get it warmer (72 F) to see if anything picks up.

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:00 AM   #2
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Sounds like beer! Cheers

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Old 04-26-2012, 02:58 AM   #3
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Sounds like you used a zappap as an mlt. To echo brightspot, congrats, you made beer!

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Old 04-26-2012, 03:07 AM   #4
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It's a beautiful thing.....gotta love it

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Old 04-26-2012, 03:25 AM   #5
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Zappap??

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I've made extract and always get excited. Try to have patience to sit in fermenter a while before bottling. Then wait over a week to bottle condition. Problem is.... last batch. I bottled after 10 days. 3 days after bottling, tried it. Delicious. Problem was, it was about 3 weeks later and down to last bottle. It was the best. So trying my patience this time around.

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Wait till you start kegging...even harder to wait

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I have a keg. Bought one for $40 or so. No regulator, no tubing, no CO2 tank yet though.

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I have a keg. Bought one for $40 or so. No regulator, no tubing, no CO2 tank yet though.
Bvrgelements.com has killer deals on refurbished tanks and new regulators

Amazon.com has good tubing prices

Birdmanbrewing.com has the best prices on faucets

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Awesome. I've have been shopping around. I don't mind bottling. Though I can say that now, since it's been a month since bottled last brew. Bottling is like what my wife has said about labor. You have 1 kid, then it's about a year, year and a half later and you forget what labor was like. Decide to get pregnant. 2nd kid and it all comes flooding back.
That's kind of what I thought when I bottled last. "Oh I can't wait to bottle this, share it, drink it. It'll be great!" Then bottling comes around and you're done. It's been over an hour. Trying not to drop any of it on floor because IT NEEDS TO GO INTO THE BOTTLE! So you get done. And usually sanitizing bottles the same day you're bottling to decrease any contamination. And you're thinking of buying a keg that very moment. Then you think about brewing another batch. Get to brewing again. You forget what bottling was.
But, it's a good thing. From mashing, boiling, fermenting and to packaging something you created. All that labor is worth it.

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