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Old 03-23-2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Inaugural brew day with the new "system"...

All is going well so far. I am mashed in @ 122°, doing a protein rest for the wheat. In a little bit I'll add some near boiling water to get it up to about 154° and that will sit for about 60 minutes. ]

System is working great so far minus my leaky HLT. Spent 50 bucks on that fitting from my LHBS and it leaks. I'm pissed. They are testing my patience big time.

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Old 03-23-2006, 05:35 PM   #2
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congrats! from paper to driveway. You are encouraging me to get my @ss in gear and build up my equipment. Have not had much time lately.

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Cool, I can't wait to do the same! Instead of dancing banana:

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Wes' side!!!!!! Yo.

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Anyone ever done a step mash?

I'm hoping I did it right, but to get my temp up to 154°, I have a really thin mash right now. You keep it that way, right?

So right now the status is I'm at exactly 154°, now it sits in saccharification rest for 60 more minutes.

So far so good with the new digs. I did burn the piss out of my hand/arm with some boiling water, but I deserve it when I do stupid sh!t. I definitely deserved it.

I'm off to buy propane. Then it is beer time and sparge time.

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I think in general if you are doing infusion and are doing a protein rest ya start with less water in the rest so when you add boiling water to get to 150ish water it is about right volume wise. Or close anyways. At least I think I read that recently.

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UGH. 55% of teh grist being wheat, = multiple stuck sparges. 2 hours of sparging folks. It sucked, but that is what I get!

It is finally almost up to a boil. Efficiency was pretty good despite the horrible sparge (65%).

First hop addition, t minus 30 minutes.

I just now poured my first brew. A Breckenridge Hefe Proper. Not too shabby.

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Mash rest



Clear runnings!




Sparging, getting ready to recirculate:

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Anyone ever done a step mash?

I'm hoping I did it right, but to get my temp up to 154°, I have a really thin mash right now. You keep it that way, right?
That's why I decoct to step up. If you want to gain significant rises with infusions, you end up with a pretty thin mash .

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I'm off to buy propane. Then it is beer time and sparge time.
I was always afraid of this. Once I had to sit the tank in warm water to get the last bit of propane out of it. Luckily it lasted through the boil with about 1 or 2 min to spare.

Now I keep a spare cylinder around.

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That's why I decoct to step up. If you want to gain significant rises with infusions, you end up with a pretty thin mash .



I was always afraid of this. Once I had to sit the tank in warm water to get the last bit of propane out of it. Luckily it lasted through the boil with about 1 or 2 min to spare.

Now I keep a spare cylinder around.

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I have a spare for the grill, but I didn't have anythign better to do during the mash, so I went over and got propane. Needed lettuce anyway. And burn ointment.
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