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Old 06-07-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Now popping my AG cherry (Hawt brew action PICS!!!)

In my previous thread, I mentioned going to a friend's house and brewing yesterday. Since the two other guys got to go first with their extract brews, I was more or less stuck waiting until 8, at which point I decided screw it, I'll take my equipment and do it tomorrow.

So I have 2 pots for the boil, a 5-gal and a 4-gal, and for the mash tun I have a 5-gallon cooler, with a Kewler Kit ball valve and a metal screen filter. It has a small leak out both the lock nut and the o-ring, and I will catch any drips with a bucket so as not to lose wort. I also have some silicone that I will use to repair it when the mash is done.

I brought my initial mash water (what do you call that?) to 180, put it in the cooler, and am now waiting for it to come down to 168 so I can dough in. I'm positively giddy with anticipation. I just hope my digital thermometer is accurate!!

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Old 06-07-2009, 08:36 PM   #2
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Just doughed in at 168. It came down to ~157 so I iced it a bit to bring it down to 153. Now mashing. Both fingers crossed I get some decent efficiency here!!

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Old 06-07-2009, 08:38 PM   #3
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Congrats! Get ready for some better beer!

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Nice! We are on the same page, you and I. I just doughed in my fist AG batch and am at about 30 mins till I start the sparge. i think the word you were looking for was "strike water". Good luck!

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30 minutes to vorlauf; now heating the sparge water.

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So far, so good. What, specifically, are ya brewin'?

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Grab a camera and take some pictures! I love AG beer porn. I wish I would have thought to take a few pictures over my brewing "career". I got a new burner yesterday, so I'll try to remember to take a few pictures of my new ghetto brew stand. I wish I could look back at my first few tries, because that's a great way to "see" where you've been.

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Gonna be an oatmeal/chocolate stout. Recipe is here but I substituted 6lb extra two-row (english) for the extract, 2oz. UK northern brewer and 1oz. Willamette for the hops.

Pictures as things progress, but right now I'm scared to open the cooler and show the mash uh... mashing. You want pictures of heating sparge water?

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Gonna be an oatmeal/chocolate stout. Recipe is here but I substituted 6lb extra two-row (english) for the extract, 2oz. UK northern brewer and 1oz. Willamette for the hops.

Pictures as things progress, but right now I'm scared to open the cooler and show the mash uh... mashing. You want pictures of heating sparge water?

Hells yeah! We wanna see pics of your setup! We want brew porn!

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My kitchen, overrun by a bucket infestation



Sparge water heating! I accidentally turned on the front burner on the right, so that one's a bit cooler.



My brand new rig, and my digital thermometer showing a nice constant 153.
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