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Old 12-27-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default First AG Brew Day set for Saturday... Wish Me Luck!

Hey all, as stated I'm taking the leap into All-Grain starting on Saturday. I bought all my ingredients last night from my LHBS for my Scotch Ale. Tonight I have to finish up my MLT Cooler but it didn't leak last night. Excited for the new endeavor, but hopefully I won't have too many screw ups. In the end I'll have beer I'm sure just hopefully I don't screw up the efficiency too bad.

Here's my recipe:

16lbs American 2-Row
8oz Crystal 120L
8oz Crystal 75L
8oz Roasted Barley
8oz Cara-Pils
3/4oz Magnum Hops (60 min)
White Labs WLP028 Edinburgh Ale Yeast

Beersmith says OG should be 1.090 I believe, so hopefully I hit somewhere around there. Starter will be made tonight.

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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Good luck! I am a new AG brewer myself. My advice for your first batch is to keep some extra sparge water on hand as well as some cold water in case you have problems with temps using the new cooler. My 2nd batch was better after putting HOT water into the cooler to warm it up before mashing. It's a lot of fun!

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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Good luck, and take your time. It gets easier after this one.

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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Hey all, as stated I'm taking the leap into All-Grain starting on Saturday. I bought all my ingredients last night from my LHBS for my Scotch Ale. Tonight I have to finish up my MLT Cooler but it didn't leak last night. Excited for the new endeavor, but hopefully I won't have too many screw ups. In the end I'll have beer I'm sure just hopefully I don't screw up the efficiency too bad.

Here's my recipe:

16lbs American 2-Row
8oz Crystal 120L
8oz Crystal 75L
8oz Roasted Barley
8oz Cara-Pils
3/4oz Magnum Hops (60 min)
White Labs WLP028 Edinburgh Ale Yeast

Beersmith says OG should be 1.090 I believe, so hopefully I hit somewhere around there. Starter will be made tonight.

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Good luck. Take your time and have some fun... But don't drink until after you're done! That helped my brew day out tremendously in the beginning. You'll do great!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! Overall, the process seems no harder than doing extract brews just more time consuming. I'm definitely liking the ability to be able to manipulate so many variables and having more control. I guess I've caught the Homebrew Disease.

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:45 PM   #6
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I also recently made the jump to AG brewing, there is a sticky in this forum that is very helpful. One of the most hepful suggestions was:
[QUOTE="Jaybird"]If I may I would like to add. I would suggest have a game plan on paper the day before you mash in, with all your math calculated. and all your targets calculated also a game plan for "what to do if you dont hit those targets" this has helped me more than anything with a smooth running brewday. [QUOTE]

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good luck. don't stress too much during the brewday. just go with the flow. take notes. if something doesn't go right, its not a big deal. **** happens, and you'll still have beer at the end. just learn from that.

preheat your mash tun. have additional hot water on hand incase your strike temp is too low.

take pics. post them. let us know how it went.

but most importantly, have fun.

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Good luck, i want to take a leap after i have a few more batches under my belt.

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good luck. don't stress too much during the brewday. just go with the flow. take notes. if something doesn't go right, its not a big deal. **** happens, and you'll still have beer at the end. just learn from that.

preheat your mash tun. have additional hot water on hand incase your strike temp is too low.

take pics. post them. let us know how it went.

but most importantly, have fun.
+1. Notes notes notes. You won't know just how important notes are until you screw up and make the best beer ever!! Take notes!
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+1. Notes notes notes. You won't know just how important notes are until you screw up and make the best beer ever!! Take notes!
This. I can't tell you how mnay times I've taken great notes, have the recipe and brewing process in my brew software only to find one little piece of info missing and I need it later to decipher the beer.
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