well, i did it yesterday! it was my first AG brew! thanks to all of you here. i have been lurking and learning 'till ready to give it a go.
10 days ago i did a partial mash Hefe. yesterday i set up an ag hefe mash and bottled the PM batch. so my mash was 90 mins, only because i had a bunch to do in the mean time. mash went from 155* down to 150*.
batch sparge in 3 parts worked flawlessly. got 72% efficiency (i think). i reverse engineered the #'s in the recipator to find it. i did have to add 1lb of wheat LME to get my SG up. SG is 1.053 now. i put the wort right onto the yeast cake of the PM batch. this morning it is fermenting so fast it looks like it's boiling! the beer is actually swirling in the fermenter!
my first runnings did have what looked like a couple small pieces of bread coagulated in it after it came to a boil(near boil over). i vorlaufed, but maybe not well enough. i did strain most of it out. is that a problem? or just foam from the start of the boil?
thanks again to all you that have helped others here, i was learning right along with them!