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Old 11-25-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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Hi all!

I've got my strike water heating for my first try at this. I'm attempting an all grain stout. (AHS stubby oatmeal stout) I may be in over my head, but everything looks pretty straight forward at this point.

The water is at temp now, time for the grains.

Wish me luck and feel free to give any words of wisdom / inspiration / whatever!

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:56 PM   #2
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Relax, Don't Worry, and have a beer while you brew!

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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The water level in the kettle looks a bit low (1.25 its per pound of grain, per instructions ) can I heat some of my sparge water and add it to the strike to get the grains swimming some more, as it stands, I have to push the grain bag around with a spoon to get it all submerged.

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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It's on the boil now. It smells very good. I'm almost tempted to try eating the spent grains with a little butter like oatmeal. Lol

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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Just make sure the grain bag is as loose as possible and it'll be fine in the 1.25 gal/lb. ratio.

Congrats on your first brew day!

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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Are you doing brew in a bag?

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:52 PM   #7
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Good luck! I did my first ever brew last weekend and I used BIAB. OG was spot on according to the Beersmith calculation and when took a FG sample on Friday it was looking, smelling and tasting great. As long as you plan and prepare beforehand it's not that hard. I'll regret saying that this time next week when I discover my beer's infected...

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Yep, it was in a bag.

I ended up adding about a quart of the sparge water to the mash/wart/steep/whatever it's called at that point. I think my pot was a bit too wide, resulting in a very shallow amount of water in the bottom of the pot. In my completely un educated, and in no way professional opinion, I think everything is ok at this point.

I think I am going to get a propane burner for my next batch(5gal guinness clone) though. I have a glass top range now, and it barely has the nuts to bring this one gallon batch to a strong boil, plus I'm a little worried about putting that much weight on the glass.

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Can I put the hops in a bag during the boil? It boiled ip one time and left all of the hops stuck to the sides of the kettle. Lol

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Can I put the hops in a bag during the boil? It boiled ip one time and left all of the hops stuck to the sides of the kettle. Lol
I just dumped mine straight in. The rolling boil was very controlled (more luck than judgement) so I didn't have to deal with that problem, but if it happened to me I'd just get my paddle and push them back in. I figured that by having them loose, the maximum surface area would be exposed which would extract the maximum potential from them.
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