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Old 07-14-2007, 01:47 AM   #1
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Default I think i am ready to go all grain

Hi, my name is Tim.

I am a beginner at homebrewing. I have three extract kit brews, under my belt, Two light ales, and a pumpkin ale in secondary right now. been brewing three weeks.

Today i put together a 26 quart igloo lauter tun, with 20 inch braided stainless manifold. I also picked up a 30 qt stainless turkey fryer. total cost 100 dollars.

So I think all i need now is my bottle of propane, 10 lbs of grain, some hops, and yeast, and I am in all-grain city.

9lbs two row pale ale malt.
1lb of a darker malt.
2 ozs hops.
ale yeast.

I plan on using the batch sparge technique.

Is my over all theory correct, or am i leaving something out.

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Old 07-14-2007, 01:54 AM   #2
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If you don't have a wort chiller of some sort you will want to get one. Cooling full wort boils using an ice bath will probably take a loooong time. A simple immersion chiller is easily constructed, if you do a search you'll find lots of threads on how to build one.

Not sure what kind of beer you're looking to make, you may want poke through the recipe database. Edworts Haus Ale seems to be very popular (haven't made it myself). You could also order a kit of your favourite commercial beer from an online source like Austin Homebrew Supply so you don't need to worry about the recipe part and can concentrate on the process.

Good luck with your first AG batch!

Edit: I forgot to mention, if you haven't already I would highly recommend reading howtobrew.com

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Old 07-14-2007, 02:00 AM   #3
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Edworts Haus Ale seems to be very popular (haven't made it myself).
What the heck are you waiting for? Get cracking man!
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You are right about the chiller i got plans on that, Defalco's is four blocks from my house, so no need to mail order any supplies.

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Might make things easier....
You don't need a manifold to batch sparge, you can just lay the SS braid out. Won't hurt anything if you do (would need it to fly sparge), but could save you some time and money.

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What the heck are you waiting for? Get cracking man!
It's actually something I want to make but I'm having trouble sourcing vienna malt and the only 10L malt I can get is carahelle. I can't get my beloved biscuit malt anymore either, my English-style IPA just isn't the same with victory as a substitute.
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:45 AM   #7
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It really is that easy. Think complicated oatmeal

As far as chilling is concerned I use the bathtub. Fill with the coldest water three times and it should be chilled. Takes like 45 mins.

RDWHAHB, and welcome to the club

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I was pleasantly surprised how simple AG brewing is. Think it through, then dive in.

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Ahhh, the first AG batch. I bought an AHS kit with an extra pound of 2 row (I knew my efficiency would suck) and went for it. It was fantastic! 8 months later I am wondering why all of my friends still brew extract.

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Ah, don't forget a good thermometer, and check it in boiling/ice water first.

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