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Old 05-24-2011, 05:02 AM   #1
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Having recently caught the brewing bug, I just bought a complete all grain setup. It made no sense when I brought it home - three kettles. But as I've cleaned the equipment today, and had a bit to drink, it has actually come to make sense. I bring 5 gallons of sparge water to 175 degrees, set that kettle aside, use 1 quart per pound in my malt vessel at 153, then spare and pour into the boil pot. For this, I have three keggles and many questions. If you have answers; if you can't sleep; join me for the next three hours of mutiny. I may even have a question or two.



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Old 05-24-2011, 05:33 AM   #2
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Well, I can't say that me, Modern Warfare, and my beer that has turned to tequila can make it 3 hours, but if you have specific questions I can help for a bit. I would recommend looking up How to Brew by John Palmer and reading over that to get some basics on all grain...and much more.

How much water you heat up depends on how many lb's of grain your recipe calls for. I would go with a thinner mash, maybe 1.25qt/lb to start and play with it as needed from there. Your mash temp water (the water you mix with the grains) will depend on the grain temp and how many lb's of grain you are using. There are many online calculators that will help you dial that in. The 153 number is generic, you will mash at whatever temp your style dictates...but the 153 range is a good generic number...back to COD, I'll check back in a few and try to help as you think of more stuff.



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Nothing burning yet. Spare water heating.

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My first issue is figuring out the best way to overlap the strainers in the mash tun. Also, my water falls below the top of the strainer at 1.25 per pound... I guess I'll need more for this five gallon batch.

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You got me confused. What type of mashtun do you have? Do you have a web link?

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I have three keggles. Sparge water is ready, now have to figure out how to get the strainer in place. It's a two piece false bottom.

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Oh, put the false bottom piece on the bottom of the keggle. There should be a setup that allows you to draw the wort from beneath the false bottom screen. Some false bottoms encompass the entire diameter of the kettle and go above the valve...keggles usually have a domed type of false bottom with some plumbing that goes from the valve to the screen to draw from under it.

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Thanks. I think I have it set up correctly. If not, a few grains may slip past. Probably not the end of the world.

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Yeah, I would plan on some sneaky grains getting past...draw off around 1/2 gallon of wort and pour over the top of the grains to recirculate and that should get the grain bed settled down to eliminate most all those sneaky grains from going into the boil.

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Great advice - dome. I set it up like a teepee. Now I'm gonna add some extra water, because the water level is below the top of the false bottom. I guess I could tap into my sparge reserve.



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