Just started my first mash!
I am sitting at the max capacity of my keggle. It was a bit of a squeeze getting 23 lb of grain as well as 12 gal of water into my keggle but it fit(less than an inch to spare!) I under shot the temp by five degrees but it was simple enough to turn the heat on and raise the temp. I think that my problem was that I had the crushed grain siting on the basement floor so it was colder than I had accounted for.
It was taking a while to bring the temp up to mashout and I was still a little worried about burning the bag on the element. So i decided to lift the bag away from the element. While doing so it seems that I did not gather the whole top of the bag and I spilled some of the mash into the wort. I will not be able to tell how much split until I drain the bag.
Also the temp had dropped in the mash near the top. the middle and bottom of the mash were still at temp but the top was quite a bit cooler. I am not too worried about this as most of the conversion takes place in the first 20-30 min and With the mashout The mash will pass through that temp range again.
Don't use a cheap plastic rope for lifting the mash. They don't hold knots and slip through your hands if they are at all wet. I had forgotten about he rope for mu pully system and grabe the first bit of rope I found, It was the floating line from my canoeing kit. I trhink I will replace it.
You can use a strainer to get the grain out if you spilled some in there. I have a small one that I use for straining soups, and a large one for bigger items. If you have one, that can make life easier when it comes time to get ready for the boil!
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It looks like the bag snagged on something. Most likely the thermometer probe It looks like I may have to drain the keggle and filter the wort through something. I may snag one of SWMBO's nylons and tie it over the drain.
Should I cool the wort first to avoid "hot aeration" ?