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Old 12-07-2012, 01:14 AM   #2451
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I am going to be trying this as my first all grain in the next couple of weeks. My question is when I mash how much water should I use? The whole boil amount?

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:35 AM   #2452
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I mashed at 1.25 quarts per pound of grain, and sparged up to boil volume

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:54 AM   #2453
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1.25-1.5 qts per lb is a good rule of thumb.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:13 AM   #2454
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thanks for the quick replies

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:00 AM   #2455
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It was my first and I only have a 5 gallon cooler so I mashed about 4 1/2 gallons and sparged 2 gallons. Just done this because that's what I was able to and that's about all my pot would handle once I emptied the mash. I think I got about 6 gallons to cook. Turned out great, it smells up my whole utility room in the basement. It has a real sweet-fruity smell so far but its starting to slow down now. Cant wait to keg it!

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #2456
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Once I pulled my wort outta the mashtun yesterday I checked the OG and it was reading 1030 so I panicked a little really wondering if the boil would change it that much
According to my notes, the pre-boil OG should have been 1.035. That's not far off from 1.030 if you were taking a reading hot. Even if you let it cool to about 95-100F, you'd still be looking at a correction of about .005 which puts you spot on. If you took that reading right out of the mash, you may have been even higher, although if that was the first runnings reading, you were probably close to what is expected.

I'm certainly no expert brewer, but if I can offer one bit of "criticism" it would be that your mistake was when you panicked. Remember, this is homebrewing! No need to panic unless you see someone dumping your carboy in the drain.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:46 PM   #2457
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We aren't building airplanes, relax dont worry. Even a little off on the numbers and it'll still be tasty.

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Old 12-07-2012, 11:13 PM   #2458
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Making a 2.5 gal a.g. batch tonight. Hit the lbhs just right and landed Centennial, Citra, and Galaxy. Original intent was to use Centennial and galaxy. Should I wait squeeze some Citra in late or at flameout?

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Old 12-08-2012, 03:16 AM   #2459
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I just bottled this today. It smelled a bit skunky like that Corona stuff. Didn't taste bad though. Time will tell in the next few days but this seems like a beer that will be better enjoyed ice cold instead of room temperature. (SWMBO won't drink ice cold beers. It's a Belgian/European thing)

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Well, IMO *NOBODY* should drink ice cold beers! But I get your drift. I enjoy beers a lot more when they're around 55*F, excluding light american lagers of course.


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Making a 2.5 gal a.g. batch tonight. Hit the lbhs just right and landed Centennial, Citra, and Galaxy. Original intent was to use Centennial and galaxy. Should I wait squeeze some Citra in late or at flameout?
I'd stick to Centennial & Galaxy if you have enough of both to do it - Citra can sometimes be a little overly powerful and can take over when you didn't mean it to. I think it's best in an IPA where it can really shine as much as it wants to.
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