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Old 05-11-2009, 01:18 AM   #11
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well, for the amount of water I found that many people use 1.25 quarts of water to a pound of grain.

What I did was measure out a pound of grain and add 1.25 quarts to see what the ratio looked like. Then I poured in a bunch of water to the rest of my grains and stirred it up so it had the same consistency as my test sample..

I am doing the mash in my oven. It holds steady at 150 on the Low setting. So my grains are in two large pots. However, I just discovered that with that much grain, the oven holds steady at 140. So.... I just turned the heat up a bit. I'm doing the iodine starch test and when I no longer see black, I'll be mashing.

I'll be mashing using Deathbrewers stove top method. So I'll soak the grains in hot water for 10-15 minutes. So I won't know my final wart amount until I'm done...

Yoop, would you recomend that I don't use additional hops? (northern brewer or fuggles?)
This is hard, because it's hard to come up with the correct IBUs without knowing the probable OG. I'd just use 1 ounce of crystal for bittering, and keep the second addition where it is, and then buy more hops for dryhopping.

It's easier to plan out your water additions, both the mash and the sparge additions, instead of eyeballing it. You may have some conversion problems as a result.

Next time, weigh your grain and add 1.25 quarts of water per pound. No eyeballing- get a pitcher and measure it! The same with the sparge water- just use a pitcher and measure it out. You'll have far more dependable results.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:55 AM   #12
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well, next time I'll definitly be doing things differently.

I ended up with about seven gallons of wort. my gravity from the wort is 1.034. Not sure if it's good or bad...

the kitchen is a disaster..

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Old 05-11-2009, 04:11 AM   #13
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what was the temp of your wort when you took the OG sample?

hang in there ...the next time will be better!

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Old 05-11-2009, 04:24 AM   #14
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the temp is now room temp (around 60 I'd guess) and the reading is now at 1.040

I'm guessing it will go up as I boil the water out?

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wait, you haven't boiled yet? Im confused - I'm sorry I can't help more....but, keep this thread alive, let us know how it turns out, and if it's a disaster, we can help for the next batch!

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Old 05-11-2009, 05:45 AM   #16
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I am still boiling.. this must be a record for the smallest batch taking the longest time...

I took a hydro reading before I started the boil, just to see what it was.

I threw in about a quarter ounce of Kent Goldings for the last 10 minutes in one of my pots. I had three pots going, now I'm down to one.

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Old 05-11-2009, 06:34 AM   #17
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ok, six or so hours later.....

I ended up with about 3.5 gallons of wort. I am using a five gallon carboy so I'm just guessing on how full it is. I had two pots of wort and I poured the first one in using a large funnel. then I poured the yeast packet into the funnel and dumped the second pot of wort in, washing the yeast into the carboy.

my OG ended up right at 1.050, so I guess that's not too bad.

My temp is about 79 or so. It's probably a bit high but eh. I'll re-pitch if I have to.

all in all, I had fun, learned a bunch and.. da Da da DumpTaDum, MY FIRST BATCH OF ALL GRAIN!

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you should be okay - if your room temp is ~60, the temp should be down by now....

I need to re-read this whole thread though, as I'm still a little confused.

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Old 05-11-2009, 09:04 PM   #19
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Yea, I'm a little confused as well. Did you boil off 3.5 gallons? It says that you ended up with about 7 gallons of wort (which Im guessing was pre-boil) and now have 3.5 gallons post boil. Was your boil an hour long?

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I can only guess the amount of liquid that I ended up with because I had to use three seperate pots. One of those pots is four gallons, the other two are just basic stock pots.

I only have a five gallon carboy (my six gallon bucket has beer in it) so I had to boil my liquid down to at least four gallons. I did this on the stove and one of the pots I could not get to a full boil, so as the pots I could get to a full boil boiled their liquid out, I added liquid from the non-boiling pot..

This made my entire boil time much longer then one hour.

My girlfriend said I should just pour some of the wort out, so I ended up wit the amount I needed, but that didn't seem right to just dump that hard earned wort down the drain.

The temp is at 76 in the carboy even though it's 60 something in the room. the wort is also violently swirling all around and the bubbler is bubbling away.

BEER! I made BEER!!

still not sure if I have enough hops in it or not though...

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