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Old 10-19-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Obligatory first AG post (with pics)!

First off, huge props to the entire HBT site - without months of lurking, posting, reading, asking questions, etc, there's no way I could have pulled this off. Thanks all!

Anyway, did my first AG on Saturday. I brewed a slight variation of Yooper's Anchor Steam clone. Used the Denny Conn thin-mash+infusion+single-batch-sparge method. Been doing a bunch of PM brews, using up to 8 lbs of grain, for a bit, so the whole thing wasn't too confusing. Still, it was a great learning opportunity. Had a great time; can't wait to do it again! Some pics:

Poured in the strike water at 15 degrees above strike temp; let sit for 10 min then stirred until I hit strike temp.

Stirring in the grains.



Was aiming to mash at 154, but after about 5-6 minutes of stirring temps had equalized to about 152. Rather than add boiling water or deal with trying to hit the exact temps (maybe next time - this was all about getting the process down), I figured it was good enough and closed the lid.


The good news: after 1 hour, I lost less than 1 degree of temp!



Added infusion water, stirred, vorlaufed, drained, added sparge water, stirred, waited 10 min, then vorlaufed and drained again:



Was looking to hit 6.75 gallons pre-boil volume, but only got 6.5. Oh well, another thing to fix next time.



Did some laundry while waiting for the boil. Happy SWMBO = more brew days.



Also had time to feed little Palefire. Yes, that's a Madonna shirt he's wearing. You got a problem with it!?



Chilling the wort. I can usually get from boiling to 65 in about 20 minutes.



Transferred to fermenter and pitched the starter. Mr. Malty recommended a starter twice this size, but I only have a 1L erlenmeyer flask. There was airlock activity after about 10 hours, though, so I think I'm fine.



Happy in the swamp cooler!



I estimated efficiency at 65%, and was shooting for an OG of 1.051:

This was at 70 degrees. Hit it right on the nose!

Total time, including set up and cleanup: 4.75 hours. Not bad! Next steps are to raise efficiency 5-10 points and cut 15-30 minutes off of total brew time. Other than that, couldn't have gone better. Thanks again to everyone who participates here - it's a great community and I've learned so much from y'all. Prost!

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Old 10-19-2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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Congrats on the first AG batch, let us know how it turns out.

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Old 10-20-2009, 12:05 AM   #3
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thanks, man - bubbling away happily at 62, so it's looking all good!

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1st: congrats! Looks like you had fun doing it too!

2nd: How did you get ten pics into a single post?

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Old 10-20-2009, 12:59 AM   #5
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Wow, way to go! Now sit on your hands for 3 weeks. Or better yet, repeat!

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Old 10-20-2009, 03:13 AM   #6
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Nice work....for a first timer it seems you did it pretty much like an old timer.

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Looks good. Seeing a brewday gone well makes me really want to brew... Stupid apt living...

Congrats, and good job! (I second the afore mentioned 'repeat' step...get that pipeline full!

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First AG, new baby and you had time for pics - wow that's amazing.

Madonna shirt needs to go!

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congrats, sounds like my brewday on sunday was about the exact same.

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Great job! Now the waiting begins.

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