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Old 08-07-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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I finally made the decision to say screw it and just dive straight into all grain and skip the extract. I know there are those out there laughing and shaking their heads right now, but too bad, my mind's made up!! I have my mash tun rigged up (coleman cooler with ss hose braid). I bought a 30 qt turkey fryer setup today and I have a couple extra pots to heat strike and sparge with. I won't bore you with the other equipment but suffice it to say equipment wise I'm covered.

I'd like to do a Clone of my beloved Boulevard Pale since I can't get it out here in Ohio, but haven't seen any recipe's out there. In a perfect world I'd rather do the Boulevard Single Wide IPA but I'd better steer clear and save some cash should things go bad wrong! Here's a listing off Boulevard's website, can anyone help me craft a recipe from this??

STYLE: American-style Pale Ale

INGREDIENTS: Pale, Caramunich & Caravienne malts. Magnum, Cascade, Simcoe & Fruggles hops.

STARTING GRAVITY: 12.2 degrees Plato

ALCOHOL: 4.2% by weight, 5.4% by volume

BITTERNESS UNITS: 31 IBUs

AVERAGE EBC COLOR: 20

I may be naive but I make up for that with inexperience!!

 
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum. It is not so uncommon to start with All Grain and I don't think anyone will shake their head.

It sounds like you have done some homework but just keep an eye on the numbers and the boil. If you are doing 5 gallon batches in that 30 Qt pot, you are going to have to watch very closely for boil overs. I boil 5 gallon batches in a 13 (52 Qt) gallon pot for example. A little over kill but it was cheap.

I have not had this beer before either so I am sorry I can't be much help in that department.

 
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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I'm hoping my LHBS has some fermcap drops to help in the overflow department. I'm putting everything into Beersmith to see if I can play with the numbers and get somewhere close. The turkey fryer is a temporary setup as I am waiting to get my keggles welded up and I think I just heard the mailmain drop my SS fittings in the mailbox That was fast!! Ordered the fittings late Tuesday!! Thanks to Stainless Steel NPT Pipe Fittings, Valves, High Pressure and Tube Fittings - 304 and 316 !! Anywho, back to the Beersmith to play around with the numbers!

Thanks for the encouragement!

I may be naive but I make up for that with inexperience!!

 
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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I finally made the decision to say screw it and just dive straight into all grain and skip the extract. I know there are those out there laughing and shaking their heads right now, but too bad, my mind's made up!!
I'm not laughing. So many times new brewers spend money on stuff they'll eventually upgrade or don't need. It's a waste of money. I say if you're really serious about homebrewing, jump in with both hands and feet. You'll save in the long run buy not buying some of the dumb equipment that's pawned off on people new to the hobby.

Now if you're not sure homebrewing is what you want to do. That's another story.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:08 PM   #5
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Good luck. One suggestion, though... do you have a friend or anyone local who can "hold your hand" (figuratively, unless it's mutual, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I digress...) for your first brew or two? It may not be necessary, but it might help you relax and learn.

I helped my GF do her first beer, a partial mash, and then her second, a full mash, doing a wheat beer both times. I had just started all-grain a couple months earlier, but had (about five years ago) been an extract brewer. Now, if she wants to brew, she kicks me out of the kitchen since I tend to start doing things to "help" out of habit.

 
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:09 PM   #6
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Good luck, you'll be fine.

Do you and friends there that are going to brew with you, I find it helpful to have someone else around when brewing.

 
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:17 PM   #7
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The only thing that looks like it will eventually end up being pawned off is the turkey fryer setup since I'd like to go all electric at some point. I've been wanting to do this since college like 15 years ago, just never had a place to do it, now I do!!

Fortunatley for me my GF is as into beer as I am. She is listed in my Beersmith program as my assistant so things should be interesting/fun/fine. Not sure this is something my Mother would like to hear but I finally found a use for my Chem minor from college

 
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:22 PM   #8
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Welcome from Ohio. Me and TheGuy (from hilliard) had a group brew a couple weeks ago. We'd be down for another person. You could bring your equipment down and brew with us.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:39 PM   #9
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Welcome from Ohio. Me and TheGuy (from hilliard) had a group brew a couple weeks ago. We'd be down for another person. You could bring your equipment down and brew with us.
I appreciate the invite and will definitely take you up on that after I have a session or 2 under my belt! Are you the guy who posted something on craigslist recently about a brew club?

 
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:23 PM   #10
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Rock on Man!

i went from brewing 1 extract batch to a full HERMS rig.. welcome to the club

 
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