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Old 08-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #21
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Use a calculator to determine your temperatures and volumes of both the mash and sparge.

You might want to list the steps as a check off list so that you can keep track of what has been done and what comes up next.

Pre-heat your mash tun. I saw it suggested to use boiling water. If you are using a plastic cooler tun do not go that hot, it might warp the plastic.

It is really pretty easy. It takes longer than extract and there is a bit more to pay attention to but, IMO, is more interesting that using extracts.

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I'm ready to pull the trigger on all grain. Looking for recommendations for a pretty bullet proof recipe to try first. Probably something on the APA IPA side of things --- and recommendatyIons

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Old 08-13-2012, 12:11 AM   #23
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I'm ready to pull the trigger on all grain. Looking for recommendations for a pretty bullet proof recipe to try first. Probably something on the APA IPA side of things --- and recommendatyIons
Visit the recipe wiki and peruse the pale ales, plenty of proven, simple recipes to choose from
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You need to get the grain bed up to 170 to complete mash out. SW
Depends on if he's sparging or mashing out, though.

If you're mashing out (adding all water to the tun before draining), then you need to bring the temp of the mash up to 170.

If you're sparging (most likely), then you've drained the wort, and are rinsing the grains, and only need to worry about rinsing with water 170-180ish.

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I'm ready to pull the trigger on all grain. Looking for recommendations for a pretty bullet proof recipe to try first. Probably something on the APA IPA side of things --- and recommendatyIons
Just made Dude's Lake Walk Pale Ale found here and it is amazing.
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Well, all these tips were very helpful. I ended up getting 77% efficiency with my homemade manifold and cooler! One difficulty I had was telling when the wort cleared while I was vorlaufing. I understand that its still going to be hazy but it shouldn't be cloudy... Wasn't exactly sure what it was supposed to look like. I pretty much recirculated 3 pitchers just to be sure. When I finally drained it off I was still getting some chunks but not as much as the beginning. Is this normal?

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Well, all these tips were very helpful. I ended up getting 77% efficiency with my homemade manifold and cooler! One difficulty I had was telling when the wort cleared while I was vorlaufing. I understand that its still going to be hazy but it shouldn't be cloudy... Wasn't exactly sure what it was supposed to look like. I pretty much recirculated 3 pitchers just to be sure. When I finally drained it off I was still getting some chunks but not as much as the beginning. Is this normal?
The purpose of vorleuf is to set the grain bed and produce clear running. You may have needed more than three pitchers to achieve this. Also this should be done both when you initially mash out as well as again when you sparge. If you are using clear tubing out of the tun then you can see the runnings
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I'd highly recommend purchasing brewing software like Beersmith. Once you set up your equipment profile correctly, it will very accurately calculate the volumes of water needed. It has a lot of other great features. A good thermometer is definitely needed. For your first All-Grain, I would recommend an Amber. They're delicious, a good fall beer, and will help cover up a lot of potential flaws. Also, enjoy the process. I would not agonize over missing your temperatures by 1 - 2 degrees.

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Just made Dude's Lake Walk Pale Ale found here and it is amazing.
I looked but didnt have any luck finding the recipe ?? Help?
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There are a lot of great tips on here, but one thing to remember is HAVE FUN! I remember my first AG batch and I was really nervous. The beer came out fine and I even screwed up a few things. Just go into it knowing that things are going to go wrong, but in the end it will be ok

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