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Old 03-13-2007, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default What was your very first All Grain Beer

As I get myself set up for my first All Grain brew I started to think of what I wanted to brew. I haven't decided yet, but I wanted to see what all you people started with and how it turned out. Anything funny happen during the brew or was it smooth as silk.

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Old 03-13-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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My first AG beer was this APA.

It actually went very smoothly. I was kindof anal about preparing: I did dry runs of all of the gear, and so on. The beer was actually one of my best ever.

Also, I did it on a weekday that I had arranged to be home. Since everyone else was at work or school, it was a very relaxing environment for my first AG attempt. I highly recommend that approach.

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Old 03-13-2007, 02:08 PM   #3
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Vanilla Caramel Milk Ale. Can't wait to see how it turns out. I need to rack it real soon and take a test sip.

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Papa Charlie's Good Life Pale Ale.

Should have been Cheese's first AG, too...

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My first AG beer was this APA.

It actually went very smoothly. I was kindof anal about preparing: I did dry runs of all of the gear, and so on. The beer was actually one of my best ever.

Also, I did it on a weekday that I had arranged to be home. Since everyone else was at work or school, it was a very relaxing environment for my first AG attempt. I highly recommend that approach.
Ah, Take a day off to brew. Got to love that.
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German Pilsner.......wrong choice for the first! multi-step mash, filled the mashtun w/ incorrect water infusion calcs, had to do crash course in decoction, FB was not mounted happily and it clogged three times. scary stuff. agree w/ bird, papa charlie's good life woulda been a safer choice.

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Mine was an AHS Kolsch. Had a stuck sparge as the silicon tubing came off the ball valve. What a disaster. I dumped in 6# of 7 year old German Pilsener LME from Williams Brewing. It made for a big beer at 7.5%, but folks sure liked it.

Since then, I moved from a 5 gallon cooler to a 10 gallon and I now use a stainless braid. No more stuck sparges.

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An IPA. Doesn't matter what your efficiency is, how fermentable it is, or where the malt notes hit: dry hop with 2 ounces of Cascades & you've got an IPA!

[I think we used about 7 ounces total in that batch]

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Papa Charlie's Good Life Pale Ale.

Should have been Cheese's first AG, too...
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My first is the Dogfish 60 minute clone that I bottled before I went on vacation. When I get home, I'm having one. Planning on having my first one tomorrow night! I figured (as David mentioned) that an IPA is probably the most forgiving beer. Too bitter, cover it with dry hopping. Too dry, cover it with more dryhopping. Too sweet, well, you get the idea. It did finish lower than I anticipated, at 1.008. Still, I think it'll be a good beer!

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