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Old 03-10-2009, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default My First All Grain Brewday!

Well, to make a long story short, it was a success overall but I made some pretty stupid mistakes that I will know how to correct next time. In the end - I made beer. And you can't beat that.

In honor of the spring-like temperatures here in sunny Florida, I decided to make a simple Hefe.

Here's the recipe:

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.41 gal
Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 3.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 13.6 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
1.00 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 9.1 %
5.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 45.5 %
5.00 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 45.5 %
1.00 oz Hallertauer [3.70%] (60 min) Hops 13.6 IBU
1 Pkgs Hefeweizen Ale (White Labs #WLP300)


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body
Total Grain Weight: 11.00 lb
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Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 13.75 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F 60 min
Mash Out Add 7.70 qt of water at 196.6 F 168.0 F 10 min


The Mash:


First Runnings:


Hops Addition:



I learned a lot:

I sparged WAY too fast, and as a result I didn't get nearly the efficiency (about 62%) that I wanted. Subsequently I missed my OG, but not terribly - 1.050 instead of 1.055; it still should be a pretty decent Hefe within ABV characteristics for style. More importantly, it should still taste good.

The fast fly sparge was due to my inexperience with the process and the equipment - I definitely won't have that problem twice! I think I'll actually batch sparge next time, since I'm using a SS braid in my MLT. It's one less variable to mess with until I get the hang of it.

Other than that, everything was perfect. Using BeerSmith I hit my volumes and temperatures dead-on. If I had only been more careful with the sparge it would have been perfect. But, for a first shot at all-grain I'd have to say, not bad at all.

I made a (nearly) 2L yeast starter, and pitched it once the wort had reached 75F. I put it in the chiller and within six hours I had an awesome and delicious smelling fermentation going:

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Old 03-10-2009, 03:34 AM   #2
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Grat's Kharma, that looks like a lot of fun and mashing in the living room? SWMBO (you can see her reflection ((WAIT, I'm assuming that's her!)) in the TV) is quite trusting, heh. That carboy looks delicious and and tasty.

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Hahah, no not SWMBO in the reflection, she's in Georgia on a project right now. Actually a friend and I brewed two batches that day (he did an extract on the stove and I did the all-grain) and some friends came over for a while.

Luckily, SWMBO likes delicious beer as much as I do, so mashing in the living room is no problem even if she is home

She let's me get away with anything, even my really stupid ideas (e.g. "learning experiences")...I'm a very lucky dude.

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:39 AM   #4
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Nice! It's a blast isn't it??

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Old 03-10-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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Congrats!! I like the TV channel too.

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Grats! Did my first AG last weekend too. I caught a lot of potential mistakes, but made a few dumb ones anyway...

Part of the process I'd assume, and it's a lot more tiring than I originally expected!

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Part of the process I'd assume, and it's a lot more tiring than I originally expected!
Ha! Isn't that the truth?
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Mashing on that carpet?? Yikes. You're braver than I, SWMBO notwithstanding. One little "oops" and you're out a thousand bucks on a new carpet. Personally, I'd rather brew outside, carpet or no carpet.
But, your beer looks good! Congrats!

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LOL! When I saw the first pic I was like YIKES! Mashing on the carpet! This boy is crazy!

But it's not a big deal if you have a good carpet cleaning machine...

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WOW!!! Yeah!! I mean, the living room!!! One of the more bizarre brewing pics that I've ever seen!

SWMBO looks hot too, judging by the reflection in the TV. (I have a very healthy imagination. )

Congrats on your first brew, now......get it into the kitchen at least!!

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