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Old 01-02-2013, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default Ghetto sparge stuck...?

I did an all grain on sat 12/29, my first one minus the one where the carboy broke... so sad:

5lbs esb pale
2.5 biscuit malt
1.0 crystal 60
0.5 cara pils

Soaked at 160/deg f 30 mins
Ghetto sparge to 5.5gal
Boiled 60mins with hops
Ended with 5gals in carboy
going for an IRA

Pitched american ale 2 smack pack at 60/deg f

Ok here is where I went wrong, just wanted to wing it and didnt get OG

Vigorous fermentation sun and monday

Tuesday nothing no bubbles looks like very little activity, it got cold in the house new years, moved to warmer spot in the house 62/deg f

current gravity 1.02

So is this stuck...? i plan on leaving it for the next 5 days while im out of town but i wanted to check in.

tasted wort sooooooooo good I really want this to work out

Any suggestions

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:28 AM   #2
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It's only been 3 days, I wouldn't even check an IR until 3 weeks, also mash at 160? and 1lb of C60 probably wont let it get much lower.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:12 AM   #3
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I know it is a rookie question, this is only my 2nd successful AG.

I pulled the recipe from here for a redhook esb

15.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
5.00 lb Toasted Malt (27.0 SRM) (2-row toasted at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes)
2.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)

I just dropped the pale malt a little

I was concerned because with all my project even with no airlock activity I have always been able to see tiny bubbles in the wort, this batch looks like nothing is happening.

The original recipe called for a mash at 157/f I was at 160/f so I called it good

Im out of town till Monday and will pull a sample when I get back to see if there has been any change

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Maybe, your ghetto sparge, is a little too much ghetto.

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Hard to say without an OG, did the wort taste sweet?

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Popped the first bottle...

Very happy with the way this turned out...

Gonna drink 2-5 to evaluate the Alc%, very scientific method

I would make this again next time ill take measurements.

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