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Old 02-26-2010, 02:39 PM   #11
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How much grain are you going to be mashing? What temperature do you think the grain will be at before you start adding water?

Someone can run that information through Beer Smith and tell you. I just bought the program yesterday, so I'm still playing with it and learning it. Plus, I'm still learning about mashing, so it is slightly beyond my ability.

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:24 PM   #12
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ok thanks alot, i will play around with that, on the other question i think i will go with the marbles, and boil them. it wont affect anything will it, do you think it will be harder to rack with a ton of marbles in the bottom

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Old 02-26-2010, 05:25 PM   #13
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also what happens if this oxydation happens???

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Old 02-26-2010, 06:57 PM   #14
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Oxidation

Basically it can case unwanted off-flavors, especially that of cardboard.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:00 PM   #15
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Adding 10-11 liters worth of marbles(17 liters of beer in 28 liter vessel)? Hmm, that sounds like a lot of marbles to clean, add, then remove later. I would have to go with the idea of no secondary. I have racked 4 gallons in a 5 gallon secondary for 3 weeks and had no oxidizing issue. Don't worry so much about oxidation unless you plan on leaving your beer in the bottle/keg for 6 months or so. My beer does not last more than a few weeks.

I have beersmith and it is good but if you search the internet there are several brewing calculators available that are all pretty good. I personally liked "brewers friend" before I got beersmith.

Mash temps, yeast pitching temps, and ferment temps can be critical so use a decent thermometer. Sanitizing is very important, use good sanitizing practices! Other than that, follow a decent recipe and your beers should come out fine. Oh, be patient, two weeks in primary, three weeks in bottle/keg and most beers come out good!

Keep reading here, there are a lot of good people here with great ideas and most of all, just relax and keep brewing!

Good luck!

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