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Old 04-03-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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Gentlemen,

Tomorrow is the day I will take the journey from boyhood to manhood. I will be doing my first all grain. I have read on the internet as much as I can, I have acquired all the needed equipment for an all grain brew. I am looking for any last minute pointers, tips, and gotchas, that the more experienced people have run across, so my journey is as smooth as possible. Here is my recipe and the gist of what I have planned for my IPA

9 lbs pale malt
1 lb honey malt
.5 lb Victory
.5 lb Crystal 60
1 lb Honey last 15 mins
1 oz Simcoe
1 oz Amarillo
1 oz Cascade
probably 1 extra oz of one of the above... (not sure how I'll split the hops up in the boil yet)
WLP 001 Cali Ale (1 qt starter made 2 days ago)

I hope to hit an OG of around 1.065

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Heat 15 qt. to 165 (per promash) target mash temp is 152
hold at 152 for 60 mins, drain to kettle
Batch sparge with 170 for 10 mins...not sure how much water to heat for sparge, I'll heat enough extra to give a good soaking.
5.5-6 gal boil, proceed as normal...

Any thing else I should be aware of?

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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After you take your first runnings... the pre boil volume, minus your first runnings volume is your sparge volume.

its jsut what you need to get to your preboil

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:52 PM   #3
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Any thing else I should be aware of?
Yes, you will suddenly and inexplicably grow a third testicle and develop a never ending erection during the aroma hop addition.

You might want to let the wife know all this beforehand so she can be prepared.

Good luck!!
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It helped me greatly to write down every step. It can be confusing going from extract to all grain but if one writes down all the steps a bigger picture can be seen which allows less 'OH S***!' moments. And as always RDWAHAHB You'll do fine!

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It helped me greatly to write down every step. It can be confusing going from extract to all grain but if one writes down all the steps a bigger picture can be seen which allows less 'OH S***!' moments. And as always RDWAHAHB You'll do fine!
+1 !!.... Writing down all your steps, or printing out a brewsheet if you are using software is, I think the biggest single aid to getting it right on the day.
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"Heat 15 qt. to 165 (per promash) target mash temp is 152"

Be advised that 165 is the temp at which you will be actually adding the grain after the strike water has stabilized in the mash tun. Not sure of your system, but if you are transfering this to a tun, you will need to exceed 165 (say 175 +-) to account for losses during transfer and heat absorbed by the tun. IMO best to overheat the strike water and wait 5-10 minutes for it to stabilize at strike temp. Much easier to wait and stir and lose some heat than add it once it is to late.

Good luck...Mike

oh and don't get panicky over the mash temp...give it a good 5 minutes to stabilize before checking. check all around the tun and sort of average it out as you will get a variance. might want to keep a gallon or so of boiling water if you need to bump up a few degrees...3-4 ice cubes will also lower the temp if you over shoot. Be patient though...some newbs start adjusting...I'm high...oh no now Im low...get it?

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Yes, you will suddenly and inexplicably grow a third testicle and develop a never ending erection during the aroma hop addition.
Well, that explains a lot.... Only partially true though. Maybe I need to up my hop additions.
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Wilserbrewer made a great point. Definitely overheat your strike water by 5 - 10 degrees and let it come down to the proper temp after adding it to your MLT. That is MUCH easier than trying to figure out how to do a decoction while in the middle of everything else.

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Yes, I forgot to mention I will preheat my mash tun first, then add the 165 water. My mash tun is a converted rubbermaid 10 gallon 'insulated beverage container' made famous by Converting a cooler to a mash tun - Home Brewing Wiki

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