I know there are 10 threads a day with people doing their first all grain and have all kinds of questions. I don't really have any questions, only comments. I brewed an All American IPA all grain kit from Austin Homebrew Supply just to make it easy on myself.
Let me start by saying this is what making beer is all about. Not that there is anything wrong with extract brewing, on the contrary, extract brewing is fun and the beer is excellent. But I felt more in control and the whole process seemed very natural to me; I didnt want to stop. So many steps involved and loosing focus for just a moment and things can get out of control FAST, it is important to concentrate, be organized and get into a rhythm.
I dont know what the final product will turn out to be like. It was supposed to be a 5 gallon batch that turned into 4.5 gals, but oh well. Im not so worried about efficiency, gravity readings, or a yeast starter; Ill save all that for next batch. I just wanted to get this first one under my belt; I know it will turn out just fine.
Things that were most helpful to me today:
2. Drinking my own homebrew, and
3. Van Morrison
I am a junkie, in 2 weeks I am going to brew a Belgian Saison that will hopefully last til summer.