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Old 11-13-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default First all grain brewday has begun.

The grain is in the pot. I hit the temp right on. I am only letting you know because I need something to do to keep me from taking the top off and checking the temperature over and over.

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Old 11-13-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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Okay here is my first question. If I want to calculate my efficency I need to take a gravity reading of the wort I collect before the boil, right? Before I add additional water yo get my boil volume.

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Old 11-13-2011, 03:02 PM   #3
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Why add water to get your boil volume? Just sparge more.
efficiency can be calculated pre or post as long as volume is accurate.

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Old 11-13-2011, 03:05 PM   #4
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Okay here is my first question. If I want to calculate my stridency I need to take a gravity reading of the wort I collect before the boil, right? Before I add additional water yo get my boil volume.

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I don't know anything about stridency, but you should measure your efficiency post boil knowing the final volume. I measure it at other stages as well, but this is the only number I use to determine my efficiency.
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Well mash out went good. Temp was perfect. All is not well though, I dropped and broke my hydrometer. I will take a sample post boil and save it until I get a new one of but it will be a mystery until then. Is it to early to crack a beer?
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:35 PM   #6
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Well mash out went good. Temp was perfect. All is not well though, I dropped and broke my hydrometer. I will take a sample post boil and save it until I get a new one of but it will be a mystery until then. Is it to early to crack a beer?
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Its never to early. good luck on the AG today!
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caution, all grain brewing is addictive... I wouldn't worry about keeping the sample around until you get a new hydrometer, the beer will taste great with out knowing the efficiency!

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Well all done and cleaned up. Seemed to go pretty well. I did only end up with 4.5 gallons in the primary instead of the 5.5 I was shooting for. I had enough wort but there was about 1.5 inches of stuff on the bottom of the pot. I used a strainer bag from my local supplier and I put the hops in paint strainer bags but a lot got through. Any suggestions?
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Well all done and cleaned up. Seemed to go pretty well. I did only end up with 4.5 gallons in the primary instead of the 5.5 I was shooting for. I had enough wort but there was about 1.5 inches of stuff on the bottom of the pot. I used a strainer bag from my local supplier and I put the hops in paint strainer bags but a lot got through. Any suggestions?
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I had the same issue with my first AG batch. My major culprits were not starting with enough pre-boil volume, maybe boiling a little long, and being too concerned about getting trub in the primary.

What was your preboil volume, and how long did you boil?
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Well all done and cleaned up. Seemed to go pretty well. I did only end up with 4.5 gallons in the primary instead of the 5.5 I was shooting for. I had enough wort but there was about 1.5 inches of stuff on the bottom of the pot. I used a strainer bag from my local supplier and I put the hops in paint strainer bags but a lot got through. Any suggestions?
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That stuff on the bottom of the pot was probably "hot break" material, mostly proteins. I just dump it all in and whatever the yeast doesn't eat settles out in the bottom of the fermenter. I don't even worry about straining out the hops.
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