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Old 07-03-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default First All Grain Batch!

I made the jump to all grain after doing 4 extract batches. I made Jamil's Blonde Ale that I found in the recipe section. I hit 1.047 for an OG which gave me a brewhouse efficiency of about 78%. I was pretty happy with that. 4 days later, my brew is sitting at 1.010 and is a beautiful golden straw color and smells wonderful. This is the lightest colored beer I've made to date. I'm going back and forth on whether to rack to secondary to help clear it up or not. I understand its not really necessary, but I just love the process; plus it allows me to actually see my brew since I have it in a bucket now. I really can't wait to get this thing bottled and carbed so I can see how it has turned out.

To anyone thinking about going all grain. The process seems a little complex and intimidating, but once you get going on the first batch all the pieces just seem to fall together. When I finished, I sat there thinking "That wasn't so bad after all."

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Old 07-03-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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good job. I did my first yesterday but i only got 64%. So ya did good
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@Lordmorphous, about how long did it take for you to complete the process on brew day? Also good job on the efficiency!

A friend and I have done a few all grain batches so far and I feel like it takes less time each time we do it because were getting better at it. Looking over the notes from that day we started the mash at 2:56pm and didn't finish up everything until 7:05pm, that didn't include setup/clean up time either.

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Congrats! I just moved to AG myself, after about 8 batches. I couldn't be happier. It's worth the extra effort and time. I also found it much more rewarding.

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Nice! I'm looking forward to do my first all grain. I have a pumpkin to brew then need to find a nice easy AG recipe.

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@Lordmorphous, about how long did it take for you to complete the process on brew day? Also good job on the efficiency!

A friend and I have done a few all grain batches so far and I feel like it takes less time each time we do it because were getting better at it. Looking over the notes from that day we started the mash at 2:56pm and didn't finish up everything until 7:05pm, that didn't include setup/clean up time either.
I'm must guessing that it took about 6 hours from the time the first water went on the burner, until the yeast went into the wort. Give or take a little...
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I'm must guessing that it took about 6 hours from the time the first water went on the burner, until the yeast went into the wort. Give or take a little...
LOL I have brewed 16 AG batches so far, and you're already a 1/2 hour faster then me! How long did you mash for? I tend to do long mashes myself. I could probably speed things up, but I enjoy the relaxed pace of mashing as compared to the clockwatching of the boil.

Congrats. I really enjoy AG brewing. I'm sure you will too.
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I mashed for one hour and let the sparge water sit for about ten minutes

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This thread has given me a bit more confidence in doing all grain or at least partial extract. My next batch will be a partial so I can get used to the grains and stuff. I'm looking forward to doing this. Just gotta wait till I get my latest brew out my wort so I can crack on.

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You won't regret it!

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