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Old 05-08-2011, 06:15 AM   #1
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Happy homebrew day. After only my first extract kit, I was given the chance to co-brew (watch and do what I was told) an all grain Russian Imperial Stout. 40+lb grain bill and a 1.090 target...we filled a keggle to the brim and we were able to hit 1.088. After a couple of weeks in primary, the entire group is going to age in an oak barrel.

It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I'm excited to do my own ag batch sometime soon.

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Old 05-08-2011, 06:26 AM   #2
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40+ pounds of grain and only a 1.090 target? That seems way low. But, an oak aged RIS sounds great. What batch are you going to do yourself?

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Maybe we were aiming for low efficiency? I wasn't involved in the calculations, I showed up and brewed.

My first AG is still open. I have an American Wheat in the primary (my first batch) and a Bitter American clone that I will brew up when my fermenter is empty. In about 10 weeks we'll have our RIS copmleted. When I get the equipment needed to AG, I'll see what sounds good!

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Wh Wha Whaaaat! he didn't even say what size this batch was...how can you say his efficiency was low?

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Wh Wha Whaaaat! he didn't even say what size this batch was...how can you say his efficiency was low?
Good point. I automatically assumed a 5 gallon batch. Sorry.
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Says he filled a keggle to the brim, sounds like 12 gal or more.

I use about 20 # of grain for my 5 gal batch of RIS.

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Yeah, I've got 26 in the one I'm making this weekend. Hence my reaction (over reaction, lol).

Back on topic - what do you think your first AG batch will be?

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We were aiming for 10-11 gallons for the carboys, and just about nailed it. Technically my first AG batch was this RIS...for my first solo batch, time will tell. I first have to gather the required tools, then I may try to knock out a Pale or maybe a large IPA (but not quite an IIPA). I have about 5 varieties of hops growing out back, and I think it would be fun to 'perfect' a hoppy beer and utilize my own crop!

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