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Old 11-30-2012, 08:54 PM   #661
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I'm going to make this as my first all grain batch tomorrow. Can someone just please verify these #'s make sense for this batch. I'm using a 10gal rubbermaid cooler with a false bottom.

Strike water- 3.75gal @ 172
Mash for 45 mins and then drain some slowly to pour back over until it runs clear.
Drain wort from tun
Add 6gal of sparge water @ 170 mix and let sit for 5-10mins
Run off slowly and pour back in until runs clear then run the rest out into boil kettle.
Pre boil wort produced 7.81 gal
Boil for hour add hops and zest at intervals
End up with hopefully 6 gallons in fermenter after boil and cool

Im figuring about .75 gal lost to equipment because I'm just using a bazooka screen about an inch up from bottom of kettle and about .5 gal lost in mash tun with false bottom.

Can someone just let me know if this is close and will work or did I screw up somewhere?

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:07 PM   #662
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Looks about right to me. Although, what are you fermenting on? Hefe strains are known for blowing off and 6 gal seems to be a bit excessive unless you have a 7.5+ gallon fermenter.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:10 PM   #663
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I have a 6.5 gallon acid carboy. I measured it with 6 gallons in it and have quite a bit of headspace. I'll be using a 1" blowoff tube in the top. I'm going off of the recipe that is a 6 gallon batch size.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:21 PM   #664
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I think you'll be fine. But be prepared to lose some of that precious beer th blow off. Going forward most hefe strains are very tolerant a high temperatures. I think that what you need to focus on from now on in all grain brewing is temperature control. I wish that someone would have told me that earlier on in my brewing experience. Temperature control is key for proper flavors.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:25 PM   #665
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Should be fine with a 1" blowoff. You will def want to keep an eye on it though, and keep the Sani-water in whatever container you have clean. You will get a lot of krausen blowing through. I brewed a Hefe with about 3" of headspace in a plastic fermenter with just an airlock and almost had a Hefe-bomb. Lol

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:35 PM   #666
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Thanks for the responses. I have a vissani 52 bottle wine cooler that'll be wired with a sct-1000 and some flexwatt heat tape for my fermentation chamber. What would be a good temp to hold this at? I'm using the WL Hefe IV as mentioned.

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Thanks for the responses. I have a vissani 52 bottle wine cooler that'll be wired with a sct-1000 and some flexwatt heat tape for my fermentation chamber. What would be a good temp to hold this at? I'm using the WL Hefe IV as mentioned.
66 to 70 degrees is ideal core fermenting temp....I'm concerned that you won't have enough head space, if you are brewing 6 gallons with only a quarter of a gallon head space, then plan on adding the limeade...be prepared for a mess!
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:17 AM   #668
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The 6.5 gal acid carboys hold more then that. More like 7.5 gal. Here's a pic with 7 gal measured in it.

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The 6.5 gal acid carboys hold more then that. More like 7.5 gal. Here's a pic with 7 gal measured in it.
Ok...I must have misread your earlier post!
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Well,
Tries my first all grain with this and it was a complete failure. Stuck sparge in my cooler...tried for and hour with nothing. I think it's the false bottom. Going to try and build a manifold for it. Also my brand new banjo kab4 burner setup would only produce nasty orange flames. I played with that for another hour trying to get a good blue flame and couldn't get it even close. So all in all for my first batch I'd say nothing was a success.

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