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Old 05-27-2007, 03:45 AM   #1
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Default Okay, I can FINALLY post in here! - 1st all grain

First all grain batch today, an ordinary bitter. My feet hurt so bad I can't concentrate to type! Never do a 7 hour brew session in flipflops.

Estimated OG 1.038, actual 1.041

0.50 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 6.3 %
6.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 75.0 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 12.5 %
0.50 lb Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 6.3 %
1.20 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.00%] (60 min) Hops 19.9 IBU
0.70 oz Fuggles [4.00%] (30 min) Hops 8.9 IBU
0.60 oz Fuggles [4.00%] (5 min) Hops 2.0 IBU
1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale

I threw all the rice hulls in because I'd never used a corona mill before and wasn't sure if I was grinding too fine or not. Turns out I think it would have been fine without it.

I was pretty shocked when I was done grinding at the amount of grain I had. It definitely made lots of oatmeal. I didn't preheat the mashtun although I should have, and will next time. I just made sure my strike water was hotter than it had to be and added a little hot once it was mashing.

I was confused about how 'clear' the wort should get for the vorlauf. I just recycled the wort until there weren't chunks in it and went for it. It got clearer soon after and I probably should have been more patient but I wasn't 100% on that particular item.

All in all, it was pretty easy. I used 2 10 gallon rubbermaid coolers converted from morebeer with the stainless false bottom. I picked them up used, 100 for the pair. Worked great. It wasn't really much more work than extract and I enjoyed the time to get my stuff squared away while the mash was resting.

Already have the next 2 batches planned. We'll see how this one goes.

Thanks for listening.

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Old 05-27-2007, 03:53 AM   #2
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Welcome to the club! 7 hours on your feet PERIOD is rough... my AG Heffe today took 6 hours, my legs ache!

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Old 05-27-2007, 05:00 AM   #3
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I kegged a batch today and brewed another (using decoction), so I've been on my feet forever. I started around 2:30 today and just finished up about a half hour ago. AG is fun, but it takes a while and kills your feet after standing around that long.

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I brewed yesterday (AG PORTER 12 gallons) didnt mash in till 3:30 done cleaning the brewery and kegging the MUNICH GOLD @11:00 Its sooooooo worth it!! BEST FREKEN HOBBIE ANYONE COULD ASK FOR
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Congrats! Sounds like things went pretty well. One additional tool that may be helpful for those long AG sessions:


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Congrats! Sounds like things went pretty well. One additional tool that may be helpful for those long AG sessions:

LOL! That's using your noggin! I'm brewing 11 gallons of Kölsch tomorrow. The starter is cranking this morning on the stir plate. I'll be stepping it up this morning.
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Bike n Brew - I DID sit for part of the day but mostly I was on my feet because I was pacing like an expectant father! I will put your suggestion to good use next time.

I went out this morning to check on it, it'd been 8 hours since I pitched, there was no activity (used dry yeast - I expected a faster start!) and I got paranoid and pitched another pack of S-04. Then I realized it was 64-66 all night and probably was off to a slow start. There's krausen on it now (12 hrs). Phew!

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7 hrs!!! I could do one batch, clean and put everything away, get it all out, brew, clean up, and store everything and still probably have a few minutes to spare.

Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to streamline your brew day and shave a few hours off.

Also, once you get past the expectant father stage, you'll be able to kick back w/ a cold homebrew and chill while there's nothing to do (which is usually about half of the time).

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lol i brew bare foot

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Heh, so do I blefferd

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