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Old 01-20-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Well, after being interested in the craft beer scene for several years I have finally decided to take the plunge in homebrewing. I have wanted to do it for a long time but I have a tendency to get really interested in a hobby, spend a bunch of money, and then lose interest after a few months - so I've put it off and enjoyed the fruits of professional brewers' labor.

I went to my LHBS on Friday (3 hours' drive away - I'm stationed in Puerto Rico) with the intention of buying their basic starter kit with an extract recipe. I learned then that they had recently done a Groupon and sold out of nearly everything! The owner of the store was extremely helpful and generous and got me set up with just about everything I need - to brew all grain for my first batch!

I'm planning on brewing in a week or two, because I'll be going off-island for the first 2 weeks of February - A perfect amount of time to let the beer ferment.

I bought a 10 gallon brew kettle, a single 5 gallon Better Bottle and airlock - that was all they had available - and last night I built up two 5-gallon Home Depot / Rubbermaid coolers as a hot liquor tank and mash/lauter tun.

I'll be going shopping for a propane burner and then I should be set. Billy (LHBS owner) set me up with a 3-gallon IPA recipe due to the smaller headspace in the 5 gallon carboy. I don't have the recipe sheet handy but I believe it's 8lb 2-row and a bit of crystal malt, and Columbus and Centennial with Safale S-04 yeast.

Just wanted to introduce myself, I've been reading How to Brew like crazy the past couple of days and am going to be writing a detailed checklist for myself prior to the brewday to make sure I don't miss some critical step at a critical moment! Looking forward to being part of the homebrew community
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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I'm like you when it comes to investing in a hobby and getting burnt out.
Once you taste the final product though you my find you are addicted. That's what happened to me.

I jumped into 10gal all grain right off the bat and since my first tasting haven't looked back. Just wish the weather would be more brewer friendly here as I brew outdoors.

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Welcome!! It's an awesome hobby to be a part of. Trust me, things will only go up from here. Tinkering, messing around with and adding equipment to your set up. Testing new recipes and eventually making your own. There is TOO much to learn and do to ever get bored of this. Have fun and if there is one piece of advice I can give you, it's relax. Everything usually turns out.

And if it doesn't, who cares. Just and excuse to brew some more :-)

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And next week I want you to build a boat and sail it across the Atlantic...

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Thanks for the responses all!

I just realized there's a seperate forum for introductions, this would likely be better placed there but I do plan on posting more about how my first brew day goes.

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And next week I want you to build a boat and sail it across the Atlantic...
Let me call in a few favors and I'll get back to ya I'm in the Coast Guard and you should see some of the boats (called yolas) that the Dominicans and Cubans use to ferry migrants across the Atlantic!!
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Here's the recipe that was whipped up for my first batch. If anyone is willing to take a glance and point out any glaringly obvious errors, I'd appreciate it! I downloaded a trial copy of BeerSmith and have been playing around with a few numbers just to see what other numbers change.

Recipe: 6th St. IPA TYPE: All Grain
Style: American IPA
---RECIPE SPECIFICATIONS-----------------------------------------------
SRM: 10.6 SRM SRM RANGE: 6.0-15.0 SRM
IBU: 47.3 IBUs Tinseth IBU RANGE: 40.0-70.0 IBUs
OG: 1.059 SG OG RANGE: 1.056-1.075 SG
FG: 1.014 SG FG RANGE: 1.010-1.018 SG
BU:GU: 0.802 Calories: 151.6 kcal/12oz Est ABV: 5.9 %
EE%: 72.00 % Batch: 3.50 gal Boil: 4.96 gal BT: 60 Mins

---WATER CHEMISTRY ADDITIONS----------------


Total Grain Weight: 7 lbs 12.0 oz Total Hops: 1.95 oz oz.
---MASH/STEEP PROCESS------MASH PH:5.40 ------
>>>>>>>>>>-ADD WATER CHEMICALS BEFORE GRAINS!!<<<<<<<
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7 lbs 4.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 93.5 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 2 6.5 %


Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 9.69 qt of water at 167.3 F 152.0 F 60 min

---SPARGE PROCESS---
>>>>>>>>>>-RECYCLE FIRST RUNNINGS & VERIFY GRAIN/MLT TEMPS: 72.0 F/72.0 F
>>>>>>>>>>-ADD BOIL CHEMICALS BEFORE FWH
Fly sparge with 3.72 gal water at 168.0 F

---BOIL PROCESS-----------------------------
Est Pre_Boil Gravity: 1.051 SG Est OG: 1.059 SG
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
0.45 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 60. Hop 3 27.9 IBUs
0.50 oz Centennial [8.70 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 4 11.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Centennial [8.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 5 7.7 IBUs


---FERM PROCESS-----------------------------
Primary Start: 01/20/2013 - 14.00 Days at 67.0 F
Secondary Start: 02/03/2013 - 10.00 Days at 65.0 F
Style Carb Range: 2.20-2.70 Vols
Bottling Date: 02/03/2013 with 2.3 Volumes CO2:
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Brew day is here!! Woke up early and started heating water. Just started the mash about 5 minutes ago - had to add about a quart of boiling water to bring the mash up to 152.5. About to start sanitizing some stuff and heating more water to sparge.

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Thanks! Well, it's been a learning experience. I'll post my thoughts a little later on once I've had a chance to clean up. Hopefully that brown liquid I made ferments into something drinkable!

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Hope it all goes well. This is an addicting and exciting hobby. Enjoy your brew.

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