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Old 08-02-2008, 07:12 PM   #11
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Good luck, man. I just finished my first AG brew today. It went ok, except for a miscalculation of evaporation rates. I learned a lot in the process.

I brewed a Pale Ale out on my back deck. Dang if it wasn't hotter'n hell out too. I put away about 5 homebrews in the process.

I hope all went well on your brew day!

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Old 08-03-2008, 01:51 AM   #12
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Congrats on your first AG!

I agree that the smell of the mash is awesome. What's even better is if you try first wort hopping. FWH is when you allow your first runnings and sparges to drain onto your first hop additions. Rather than adding them when you've achieved your boil, you let them steep in the 140-150ish degree wort. This smells fantastic. But better yet it gives you a more well-rounded hop flavor and a slight increase in IBUs.

There are several threads on the topic that can be found using the search option.

Congrats again, and welcome to the AG club.

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Old 08-03-2008, 02:36 AM   #13
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So its complete . All went well. It was a nice brew day...went from about 8am to 2pm. I think i boiled a bit too long...probably had 4.8 gallons in the end (not that big of a deal). I also found a huge wort chilling station out of a hgue tin pot...put 20 pounds of ice in there and some water and wort is chilled in 20 minutes. I really like AG A LOT more than extract. It really teachs you to just chill and let things happen naturally. I could do this onc or twice a month easily. And i will get kegs in about two weeks so probably twice a month. I had a great day and made it to the braves game...to bad we lost . Oh yeah...and i NAILED the OG at 1.039!!!!

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I'll be doing my first AG tomorrow, I hope everything goes as well as it did for you.

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I'll be doing my first AG tomorrow, I hope everything goes as well as it did for you.
yeah dude....before u do it go to a book store and pck up "the joy of homebrewing" its a great read while u haveto wait an hour during mash
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yeah dude....before u do it go to a book store and pck up "the joy of homebrewing" its a great read while u haveto wait an hour during mash
I have that book, as well I have read and reread How to Brew several times. I'm sure everything will go good.
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I have that book, as well I have read and reread How to Brew several times. I'm sure everything will go good.
aight well good luck
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fat x nub - Wow, congratulations on a great first AG. For some of us I think it is best described as "The three stooges". But you know, you used up all your luck in your AG, so your team paid the debt.
I have the luck of the Irish, Its all bad.
Or another line I use is "Luck and I are on a first name basis, do you want to meet Bad?"

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I enjoyed it more than using that sticky, extract mess.
I've never though of it that way, but in retrospect I have always _hated_ the stickiness of extracts. Since I started brewing on the porch I can hose stuff off if it gets tacky to the touch. Maybe I am sticky-OCD or something.
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And my mash tun is leakin at the spout so i sent the old man out to get some rubber gaskets instead of metal washers.
I had trouble with mine too, it took a few tries to find a configuration that wouldn't leak. I finally ended up with washer-ring-cooler-ring-washer, and no more leaks.
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