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Old 09-26-2009, 07:30 AM   #1
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Default First AG brew report, mid-brew

Tonight I have been working on my first AG brew. It is EdWort's Haus Pale Ale.

I got home from work and started heating up mash water at about 6 PM. Using this calculator (http://www.brew365.com/mash_sparge_water_calculator.php) I determined that my strike water should be 168 F and about 3.5 gallons. I heated it up past this point to 180 F so that I could use the strike water to pre-heat my Coleman cooler MLT.

I dumped 3.5 gallons of 180 F water into the MLT and let it cool to 168 with the lid open. I then dumped in my grain and used my cordless drill with a coathanger whisk to stir the mash. I got it really good and mixed up. I used my thermometer to check a few areas and found that I was at about 160 F. I panicked and started dumping in ice water to bring it down to the 152-154 range. I overdid it and ended up at about 142. Sigh.

At this point I tossed a couple of gallons of hot tap water onto my stove. Once this was boiling I dumped it into the MLT to bring the temperature up. I was only able to reach about 148, this was 30 minutes into the mash. I shrugged and decided to just let it go.

I started vorlauf at about 45 minutes into the mash and drained my first runnings at about 1:05-1:15, SG of first runnings was 1.048. I did a batch sparge with 6 gallons of 165 F water. I did another vorlauf and drained the rest about 15 minutes after dumping the sparge water into the MLT.

End result was just under 10 gallons of wort with a SG of only 1.031. My aim is to get about 5-6 gallons at 1.051 SG, so I've begun the boil-down process. I think I can hit my target. I have 6 gallons boiling on my propane burner and two pots with 2 gallons in them boiling on my stove. I'm probably gonna be up late tonight.

Hopefully in a couple of hours I'll be running 5-6 gallons of 1.051 wort through my CFC and pitching yeast at about 2 AM.

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Old 09-26-2009, 07:55 AM   #2
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Transferring 4 gallons of the wort to the two pots on the stove was a brilliant move. I'm down to 7 gallons now. In a short while, I'll be hopping the brew and starting the 60 minute countdown. Awesome.

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Old 09-26-2009, 08:31 AM   #3
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First hops went in 20 min ago, all is looking good!

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1st hop addition (0:00): 1 oz 7.8% AA cascade pelletized (closest my LHBS had)
2nd: (0:30) 0.5 oz of the same
3rd: (0:45) 0.25 oz more
4th: (0:55) 0.25 oz more

Looks like I'm just hitting 1 hr so time to get the CFC running!

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Congrats on your first AG! It's a great feeling!......Be warned though, next time you step in the shower you might well notice that you have grown a third testicle......And if you have an erection that lasts longer than five days, you will need to consult a doctor.

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The CFC works better than I expected. The flow of wort through it is very slow but I can run the tap water through the jacket at a trickle and it's taking it to 76 F. Running the cooling water full pressure takes the temp to the mid-60's.

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Miraculously, nailed the SG! 4.8 gallons at 1.052 OG. Going to water it down a bit to account for the trub and bring it to about 1.050.

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