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Old 03-03-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
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Got a late start on Saturday. Got a little to drunk on Friday night Was fun getting to break in the new mash tun and tackle my first all-grain batch.

I brewed a Porter that i put together myself. The partial-mash version was very good, so I gave it another shot.

Overall, it went great. Ended with a tad to much water so I had to boil it down an extra 45 minutes to get 5.75 gallons. My evaporation rate was calculated a bit to high

This next weekend will either be an Irish Red or an IPA.

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12lbs of grain, 2oz hops, yeast and some 5.2ph buffer
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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Can't see much.. but preheating the cooler/mash tun.



All doughed in. Hit my temps right on the money and they stayed there the entire 60min. I was very happy with how the cooler performed considering it was like 38* out.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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Collecting my first runnings


Bringing the 7.9 gallons up to a boil
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:49 AM   #4
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Boiling away... time to enjoy some beer


A glass of the porter i'm making. This was from the partial-mash.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:49 AM   #5
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Taking my OG(original gravity) hydrometer reading. Came in at 1.060 rather than 1.051. Can't complain about having better effeciency :word:



Now I get to wait
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:16 AM   #6
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Very nice!!!
Looks like you had a great time. Did you get your water volumes from beersmith? I usually try to stay around 6.5 gallons pre-boil.
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:40 AM   #7
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I've had water volumes do that to me a few times; guess I am still figuring out my equipment. When you preheated, did you just use hot tap water or did you use water heated to strike temp?

 
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Very nice!!!
Looks like you had a great time. Did you get your water volumes from beersmith? I usually try to stay around 6.5 gallons pre-boil.
Yup, I did. I think next time i'll be going for around 6.5-7.0. I started with 7.9, and that was just way to much.
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I've had water volumes do that to me a few times; guess I am still figuring out my equipment. When you preheated, did you just use hot tap water or did you use water heated to strike temp?

Heated a few degrees above strike temp. I think it was actually about 8* above.

Still getting used to mine. I've only done 4 batches out here in Denver/Parker, so between still using the new-ish keggle and elevation, its been a learning process..lol
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