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Old 02-21-2007, 11:47 AM   #11
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This just scares me off of AG. I finally have a good extract system down and I don't want to mess around learning something new right now.

Todd, it can only get easier from here on out right?
Don't let it scare you. My first AG went perfectly! To me, it's much more fun, and far more satisfying.
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Old 02-21-2007, 11:53 AM   #12
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Don't let it scare you. My first AG went perfectly! To me, it's much more fun, and far more satisfying.

My first AG....lol. Well it went great, thing is I had to improvise on the fly. I thought that I could buy an old grain grinder on the cheap and make it work...not. I defaulted to the Cuisinart, which thankfully worked. It was an Oatmeal stout and I was really nervous about getting a stuck sparge. Well that never happened, but my efficiency was the lowest I have had to date. It was still and excellent beer though. I had all sorts of stuff out and sanitized that didn't need be, etc.....had to split the boil because I didn't have a big enough pot. Yuck. Life is much better these days. Thing is you shouldn't be afraid to try. Like SWMBO always says "What's the worst that could happen?"
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Old 02-21-2007, 11:53 AM   #13
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I want to boil another gallon and throw in some DME but then I thought, don't I have over a pound of crushed crystal in the freezer? It's been in a ziploc bag in the freezer for about 4 months. So my questions are is it still good and can I steep this instead of going out and buying DME? If so, should I steep for 30 min or just 10?

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Old 02-21-2007, 12:06 PM   #14
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Just wondering what kind of false bottom are you using? Plastic or SS

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Old 02-21-2007, 12:29 PM   #15
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Can't offer any advice.
I use a copper manifold with slits and I've never had a problem, I have heard lots of people with false bottoms say they have had problems.

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Old 02-21-2007, 12:43 PM   #16
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just becasue you have a stuck sparge doesnt neccesarily mean its your false bottom. Ive had mashes that felt like concrete on the top of the mash bed. Granted it was mostly wheat, but nothing was going to pass through that bed to even get to the false bottom.



sorry you had a bar AG experience. Hopefully your next week will be a walk in the park

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This just scares me off of AG. I finally have a good extract system down and I don't want to mess around learning something new right now.

Todd, it can only get easier from here on out right?
I just need to streamline the process and I guess get the Weekend Brewer to not crush my grain into oblivion.

You can come over and watch an AG batch if you want. That really helped me get over the fear of it. Of course, I'm probably not the best teacher at this point.
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:47 PM   #18
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Just wondering what kind of false bottom are you using? Plastic or SS
It's a SS circle with a fine screen. I got it from Boston but I don't know if he made it or bought it. It worked great on Sunday so it's not the equipment. Probably either the crush of the grain or operator error.
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Yah, throw in some rice hulls or use some 6 row to replace some of your 2 row, more husks, better filtering, less sticking. Make sure you keep at least 1" of water on top of that grain bed and maybe run it off a little slower. My last sparge lasted 90 minutes.

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It's a SS circle with a fine screen. I got it from Boston but I don't know if he made it or bought it. It worked great on Sunday so it's not the equipment. Probably either the crush of the grain or operator error.



Yea man, don't listen to everyone who blames the false bottom for every stuck sparge. You crush too much and yes, your going to get stuck. Do you batch sparge? Stuck sparge is a minor inconvenience if you do. Stir again, recirc and keep on truckin.
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