Originally Posted by cyclonetx
My marathon St. Fuad's brewing session is finally over. Still making rookie all grain mistakes. Missed the mash temp by about 8 degrees and added too much additional strike water to get the temp up. I ended up boiling wort for two hours to get down to the final volume. Into the primary and the wait begins. I substitued Carared for the crystal malt. I am really looking forward to the first pint. Cheers.
Hey, I'm definitely making rookie all grain mistakes still. I missed by a few degrees down then sparge was a few degrees up, and I think I did a 2 or 3hr boil as well. Mine was a few weeks ago and is in secondary now @ 50F, and tasting really good(I'm surprised it needs to age longer, but I always get eager so going to wait as long as I can on this one). Here's hoping yours comes out great. I had to make some substitutions, and definitely didn't get the red color I wanted, more a reddish brown(probably closer to what it really is anyways, but still not exactly what I was wanting).
Are you using a program? I just started using one for this batch (and now for all other batches, I've been going nuts lately brewing) and it's helping me, using 5 gallon gott water coolers for my AG batch and a large boil pot and it's helping me get closer than I have been before.