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Old 06-17-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
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So this past Saturday I did my first AG!!! My friend Hagen came over and helped me through the process. My Corona Mill sucks but I somehow managed to get an 81.5% efficiency!!!

Brewed an extract version of the same recipe today and in 6 weeks or so, I will get the chance to taste and compare.

Yeah me!!!

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Old 06-17-2008, 08:27 AM   #2
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Great Job. As I have said to others, " now all you have to do is ferment 2 weeks and age it long enough without being tempted to drink it too young".

If you have more carboys you could get the second brew going in 2 weeks because the first batch does not last long.

I hope you are controling the fermentation temperature. Most people forget about the importance of this to brew a really clean beer.

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Old 06-17-2008, 09:02 AM   #3
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Ohhh...I have 1 beer and 1 cider kegged, 1 in secondary, and 1 other in primary that goes to secondary this wednesday. I brewed an extract version of the recipe today so i can contrast and compare in 6 weeks. I should hopefully not run out by the time these 2 are ready.

I have a 12 by 28 section of the basement just for my brewing. The basement is always between 66 and 68.

I have 3 primary 7.9 gal buckets, 2 glass carboys, and 2 better bottles. The five plastic containers are always full. I have a mead going in one of my glass carboys and will be making another cider soon for the remaining glass carboy.

Goddamn! I love this hobby/obsession!!!

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Old 06-17-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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Yup, he did a good job even though his corona mill wobbles and gives a rediculously uneven crush. But he has the advantage of the fact that I got my system and methods hammered out before he tried it.

Now I wait to taste the result.

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Yup, he did a good job even though his corona mill wobbles and gives a rediculously uneven crush. But he has the advantage of the fact that I got my system and methods hammered out before he tried it.

Now I wait to taste the result.
It's nice to have a friend that has the benefit of experience!

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Old 06-18-2008, 01:49 PM   #6
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Congrats! Don't get hung up on efficiency, shoot for consistency.

Cheers!

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My Corona Mill sucks but I somehow managed to get an 81.5% efficiency!!!
There are some tips to help ease the pain of a sucky corona. I find the spacer trick helps make adjusting and use easier when the plates are wobbly.
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Congrats! Don't get hung up on efficiency, shoot for consistency.

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I like to combine the two and shoot for consistently high efficiency
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There are some tips to help ease the pain of a sucky corona. I find the spacer trick helps make adjusting and use easier when the plates are wobbly.
the first problem is mine - uneven grind. I wish the guy had gotten a picture of what to do. Everything is off-center. It's very frustrating. I thought i had it made with DIYing a way to make my drill get it done faster. Nope. The female threaded hole on the main shaft is off center causing my whole work bench to shake at the speed my drill goes causing more of an uneven crush than when I do it by hand crank. Hagen and I spent probably 30 to 45 minutes this past Saturday just tweaking it to it's current level of perfection. Not perfection by any means - just what it's capable of. I got a cheap mill off ebay. I will probably end up buying another one with a better brand name and better reviews. Then I think it's silly to spend $45 bucks to get a better corn mill. Why not use what I have for now and save up for a GOOD barley mill? So, for the time being, I will use what I have and be thankful for the good brews I get.

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Do we have a sticky called "CORONA With Lime Beats Corona Mill"?

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