Originally Posted by humann_brewing
I'm confused, you say "My first extract" batch but then you talk about having mash difficulties.
At any rate as far as holding temps, I have a rims system that I really don't use anymore and am currently using a 5 gallon cooler and it holds the temp no problem. It is nearly full (probably 4-4.25 gallons) with 5 gallon batches.
You see to have it figured out. you could start mashing a bit thicker like 1.1/1 and then add the boiling water using beersmith to figure out how much you need later in the mash to raise it back up.
Hi human, you are right. I meant to say "my first full-grain batch".
Anyway, we re-racked the beer into secondary yesterday and are cold crashing today. The gravity came in at 1.014. I am guessing I underpitched the yeast by only adding one bag of wyeast 1056. Next time I will definitely do a yeast starter. Another note, our homebrew expert said I wasted some simcoes by dry-hopping the primary fermentation. I think the nose came out nicely though. Looking forward to kegging and drinking this on friday... should end up about 5.5% ABV I think, which will be a very nice session.
As far as kegging goes, we've got a 10lb c02 tank and we hook up to the corny keg. Can someone explain to me the best way to get the best carbonation or point me in the right direction?