So Im making the transition to AG brewing. I actually just bought ingrediets to make my first mini-mash. I wish I had waited so I can just do the all grain version of the recipe, but oh well the partial should help me prepare for AG transition.
So I found a deal on some equipment: I think I have everything I need for AG!
1. Stainless steel boil kettle (8 gallon). Do full 5-gallon boils! Stainless ball valve allows easy connection of brewers hose to move wort without lifting pot. Additional threaded coupler welded in for thermometer. This is a high quality kettle that will last a lifetime.
2. Converted cooler mash tun. (5 gallon). Mash tun includes a Fermentap thermometer for getting accurate reads of mash temperature, stainless ball valve and nipple for transfering mash to boil kettle, and stainless false bottom to keep grain bed above wort during transfer.
3. Converted cooler hot water tank. (5 gallon). HLT includes a Fermentap thermometer, stainless ball valve and nipple, and a sparge arm that will gently sprinkle hot water over your grain bed during sparging.
First question: are 5 gallon mash tuns big enough for most AG batches? Meaning am I really set up for AG?
I bought ingredients for a partial mash here is the recipe:
In one and half gallons water:
2lb pale malt
1lb medium crystal malt
8oz malted wheat
Sparge with two and half gallons water
4 1/4 lb pale LME
...hops (no question pertaining to this part)
So the question is this: Can I even use my new equipment with this recipe? seems like 3.5 lbs and a gallon and half of water is too small an amount to use with the MLT. Also, If I want to do a full boil which I can now do; Is there any changes I need to do to the recipe? Or do I just add an amount of water with my runnings (taking evap into consideration) to finish at 5 gallons?
Thanks for all the help guys!