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Old 05-27-2012, 02:43 PM   #21
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Make up a checklist. It makes the brew session go alot smoother and you don't forget anything then. Good luck!

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Old 05-27-2012, 02:50 PM   #22
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Make up a checklist. It makes the brew session go alot smoother and you don't forget anything then. Good luck!
That would help. As soon as I finished a step, I ran through the next in my head. Before doing anything with the pumps, I talked myself through where each source was coming from and what the destination was. Everything worked out yesterday after figuring out the pumps.

I kept reading that people pump too fast when recirculating the mash and I think that slowed me down as I barely had the pump open and it was enough to actually move the liquid the distance and height I needed to. I also figured out that if I could see the end of the tubing back at the top of the mash, rather than have it submerged, I could positively tell whether or not things were flowing.

The tip I read about having a pitcher at all times to collect wort and liquid when primping the pumps was invaluable.

To clean everything, I had hot PBW flowing through two vessels, two pumps, and through the HERMS coil all in one continuous loop while u scooped the rest of the grain out of the mash tun. That took a minute to plan the hose routes.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #23
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+1 on the checklist. I made up a brew session worksheet to record temps, water treatment, various steps along the way. For me, having blanks to record certain data serves as a reminder to do it and it's good reference if you want to repeat that brew.

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+1 on the checklist. I made up a brew session worksheet to record temps, water treatment, various steps along the way. For me, having blanks to record certain data serves as a reminder to do it and it's good reference if you want to repeat that brew.
Can I get a copy of that? No need to reinvent the wheel.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:07 PM   #25
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Here is a slightly outdated version of mine...

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:52 AM   #26
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Can I get a copy of that? No need to reinvent the wheel.
Here it is - parts may not make much sense to others, but it worked for me. It didn't convert very well from Excel, but at least you get an idea. These types of things are probably best developed by the person who will use them.....
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:30 PM   #27
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It really is that simple. I remember for the first few AG brewdays I kept thinking I was forgetting something. Nope. It was really that simple! It's not really a difficult process, just a different one.

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:59 PM   #28
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Sounds like you did fine. We all stressed on our first AG. That checklist works for me. I'm fine now after 5 brews. Only had problems on first one.

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