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Old 05-30-2008, 01:31 AM   #11
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brrman, How much water did you begin heating at the start? How did you heat your strike water?
It took me forever to heat the stuff up- and I'm using a new gas range w/ "high-speed" large burners. I had about 4 gallons in my large 20 gallon aluminum pot and it struggled to make it past 150 deg. cel. thanks!

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Old 05-30-2008, 02:10 AM   #12
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what kind of lauter mechanism do you have?

I did my first AG today as well and did the copper pipe manifold in the igloo ice cube marine cooler (also so I can 10g as soon as I can pick up a keggle).

When you were vorlaufing, (how's that for butchering the german, eh?) what did you do? I collected in a big glass pitcher and poured back in on a plastic container lid floating on top. seemed to work okay. I can really see the reason people buy pumps and set up stands, which I intend to do anyway, but I'm glad to be learning WHY. You rock my brother!

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Old 05-30-2008, 05:23 AM   #13
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brrman, How much water did you begin heating at the start? How did you heat your strike water?
It took me forever to heat the stuff up- and I'm using a new gas range w/ "high-speed" large burners. I had about 4 gallons in my large 20 gallon aluminum pot and it struggled to make it past 150 deg. cel. thanks!
My strike water was 2.5 gallons. I heated that up separately. During the 60 minute mash I heated the 5 gal of sparge water. I am using a turkey fryer to heat my water. If you are having trouble getting the water to temp, I would separate it into more than one pot and try that way on multiple burners (or buy a turkey fryer).


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what kind of lauter mechanism do you have?

I did my first AG today as well and did the copper pipe manifold in the igloo ice cube marine cooler (also so I can 10g as soon as I can pick up a keggle).

When you were vorlaufing, (how's that for butchering the german, eh?) what did you do? I collected in a big glass pitcher and poured back in on a plastic container lid floating on top. seemed to work okay. I can really see the reason people buy pumps and set up stands, which I intend to do anyway, but I'm glad to be learning WHY. You rock my brother!
Awesome, man! Ain't it great to make beer from scratch!?
There were a couple places I had to improvise. I had no valve on my turkey fryer pot, which I used for my lauter. So I used oven mitts and actually picked up the pot and dumped the water into the cooler! LOL. Wasn't too bad. Dumping in the 5 gal of sparge water was a challenge but I got it.

When I vorlaufed I caught the runnings in the glass pitcher and poured it over a plastic lid top as well. Seemed to work pretty well.

Honestly - pumps and stuff are all fine, but the only thing I really noticed that I need to add to my procedure is get a valve on my lauter tun. I have 2 kegs waiting to become keggles, so I haven't bothered to add a valve to my turkey fryer pot.
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I used a 2qt glass pitcher to move water from my turkey frier pot to my mash tun. I realized that with only one big pot, I had to catch all my wort in smaller pots, so I had three oft hose sitting around until I finished emptying the frier and could put them in. I felt kind of goofy like I was juggling, but it worked.

A hint on the turkey frier... I wrapped mine in foil today, the whole stand and then around the pot loosely up to the handles on top. I left a big hole on bottom for air to come in, and mine was up on cinder blocks, and air could come in under. I was able to get a boil going FAST with the burner on very low, so I saved a ton of propane. It took a while to get arranged, but was pretty easy. Be careful trying to manipulate hot foil, I burned my fingertips. I would set it up ahead of time THEN light it.

if my ingredients come today from AHS (ordered tuesday) I'll be brewing a close copy of biermuncher's centennial this sunday.

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Old 05-30-2008, 03:22 PM   #15
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interesting idea. Did you remove all the foil once you got to a rolling boil?

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