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Old 05-02-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default first 10 gal batch, cream ale round 2

the first cream ale i made came out good, very clear and crisp-but a bit malty/corny. everyone but myself loved it (i liked it) and i got a lot of people in my family hooked on to homebrew with it. here was the original recipe and photo.
4.0 lb 2-Row Brewers Malt
3.0 lb German 2-row Pils
1.5 lb Yellow Corn (Pregelatinized Flakes)
1.5 lb Rice Flakes
10 oz Cara-PilsŪ Malt
10 oz 2-Row Caramel Malt 10L
1.0 oz Glacier (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.0 ea Danstar 3767 Nottingham
Original Gravity: 1.052
Terminal Gravity: 1.010
Color: 3.66 °SRM
Alcohol: 5.48%
Bitterness: 18.7


here is the 10 gal batch i did (scaled down to 5 for comparison) i used 1 oz of glacier for first wort hopping this time, hoping to get some flavor-then the second ounce at 60. 90 min boil.
4.0 lb 2-Row Brewers Malt
4.0 lb German 2-row Pils
0.5 lb Yellow Corn (Pregelatinized Flakes)
0.5 lb Rice Flakes
6.0 oz 2-Row Caramel Malt 10L
1.0 oz Glacier (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 90.0 min
1.0 ea Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05
0.5 lb White Table Sugar (Sucrose)
Original Gravity: 1.046
Terminal Gravity: 1.009
Color: 3.22 °SRM
Alcohol: 4.89%
Bitterness: 18.7

here is the of the set up. 2 52 qt coleman extreme coolers for the MLT & HLT


6.25 gallons of water and 18.75 lbs of grain with room to spare, nailed 151-2 with strike of 167.

9 gallons of 180 degree sparge water-i did my first mash out, too...used 2 gal of 210-i had trouble with the pump so by the time i got it in the mash from the kettle it had cooled, it only brought the mash up to about 160. oh well.


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a shot of the first wort hopping.

thats what i call a full kettle. i didnt have a spray bottle for quelling the boil over...so it was inevitable-wasnt too bad.

and a couple shots of the cool down- my small 25' IC worked better than i anticipated for 11 gallons of wort-it usually not submerged fully for 5 gal batches. i'm sure 45-50 degree well water helps i just recirculate the wort while chilling-took about 15 min to get to 68.


ended up with to buckets with 5.5 gal in each, and nailed my target OG of 1046. all in all i was very happy with my first 10 gallon experience-i think i might have to do some more.
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moronic me scorched my hand with boiling wort-i opened the valve on the kettle to take a few cups out to rehydrate the yeast and didnt even think about how hard it was going to pour out with with somewhere like 14 gallons in the kettle


...nothing a few more trips to the keezer couldnt fix!
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