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Old 11-01-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default First all grain today

Ok so I have assembled my two heatsticks and rubbermaid 10gallon HLT and borrowed my parents turkey fryer pot to use. I am ready! The recipe I plan to make is an IPA based off of BYO's DFH 60 minute IPA recipe.
13lbs 2 row pale malt
8 oz amber malt
.7 oz of warrior from 60-35
.28 oz of simcoe from 35-25
.7 oz palisade 25-0
.7oz palisade flameout
I was going to use US-05 because thats what I have around
then dryhopping it with .5 oz amarillo, simcoe and glacier.
I have been working on the calculations for for the brew later before I purchase the grains. My MLT is the stainless braid and I plan on batch sparging.
13.5lbs of grains at 1.25 quarts/lb comes out to 16.875 qts of 4.22 gallons of strike water.
I have never used my setup so was estimating .1 gallon/lb absortion rate, so thatd leave me with only 2.87 gallons and a mash out of .63 gallons to get up to 3.5 gallons.
And then batch sparge with 3.5 more gallons?
The recipe states mash at 152 for 60 minutes. Is there a good online calculator for temperatures of strike, mash out, and sparge water? I have tried to soak up all the knowledge I can I just want to know that I am not crazy and doing that wrong.

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Old 11-01-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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I think a lot of people use this calculator

http://www.brew365.com/mash_sparge_water_calculator.php

You could also try Brewtarget in my signature.

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Im downloading the brew target. I use a mac or else I would buy beersmith.

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Congrats.

I think that you fill find a lot more flexibility in brewing with all grain

You won't be "confined" to what the kit dictates.

Good luck - think.

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So I got to the homebrew store about half hour before it closed to get my grains today and there was about 30 people waiting in line! Too long for me. Im a student so free time is aplenty. The brew will be tomorrow. Do my calculations look rightish?

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Ok I picked up the grains today, about to start the brew in an hour! Magnum was substituted for the Simcoe.
Using http://www.brew365.com/mash_sparge_water_calculator.php
I got that I need 4.5 gallons of 164 degree strike. Does this look correctish? It also said I need to sparge 4.13 gallons. Is there a specific temperature for the sparge? I cant find a good consensus, some say 180, some say smaller amounts of boiling water.
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164F sounds about right. The target for the sparge is usually 165-170F, which means you would heat the sparge water to 180-190F before dumping in.

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Ok The mash went well, I collected about 6.75 gallons pre boil with a gravity of 1.050 at 112F. http://www.brewersfriend.com/hydrometer-temp/ says that is 1.0587 preboil. My Target OG Is 1.067 so hopefully I boil it to about there!

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to get to 1.067 from 6.75 gallons of 1.059 wort you'll only want to boil off 3/4 gallon and end up with 6 gallons. That's not very much water to boil off and at 6 gallons you'll probably be a little low on bittering. If you take it all the way down to 5.5 gallons you'll end up with an OG of about 1.072

Good luck and have fun, I'm sure whatever you end up with will be great.

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Some Pictures from the first brew!

My grains 13 lb Pale malt, 6 oz amber




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