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Old 09-18-2009, 12:47 PM   #11
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Your wort could have been boiling at 209. Your thermometer could be just fine. 158 will give you more body, less fermentables. Which brew was it? Maybe a little sweet for the Ed's Haus. Probably won't hit FG you're expecting, but it will still be beer.
I calibrated it w/ boiling water before I even started to brew. It was Ed's Haus, but like you said, it will still be beer. I ended up w/ a SG of 1.062, so we'll see how it all plays out.


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Old 09-18-2009, 12:54 PM   #12
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Enough teasing, here is some beer porn for everyone.
The mash after 60 mins

The set up

Pre-boil

Nice rolling boil

Right after pitching the yeast

Nice layer of krausen this morning


I ended up boiling off 1.5 gallons of the 6.5 of wort I collected, so I think I'm going to start collecting around 7 or 7.5 from now on.


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Old 09-18-2009, 03:12 PM   #13
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I bought a new digital therm. today, calibrated it and found it was reading 209 in boiling water, but no big deal. I doughed in 30 mins ago, but didn't get any pics because I wanted to focus on the process. I got my math mixed up in the heat of the moment and calculated as if my therm. was reading 3 degrees over, instead of under. So, I doughed in at 155, which meant the temp was actually doughed in around 158. I'm not going to sweat it though, because what's done is done and its all a part of the learning process.
Just because your thermometer was off at boiling doesn't mean it will be off at 150F. That's the temp you want it to read good at for mashing. I check mine at 32f and 150f. I can tell when water is boiling.
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:41 PM   #14
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Just because your thermometer was off at boiling doesn't mean it will be off at 150F. That's the temp you want it to read good at for mashing. I check mine at 32f and 150f. I can tell when water is boiling.
Good point...I was actually reviewing my notes from yesterday and I failed to mention that I was also using and old thermometer that I had used for every other brew and it was spot on with what the digital one said...just got there quicker then the digital for some reason.

Overall I'd say it was a pretty good brew day. The only thing that I can think of that I did wrong was not draw a sample of wort before the boil, but instead put my hydro into the bucket of wort that was 144 and got a pre-boil gravity of 1.034 at that temp., which would put it around 1.047 adjusted.

Also, I tried to do some quick math for the effiency using Palmer's guide in How To Brew, but wasn't sure if I should use the maximum ppg, or the typical, so I calculated for both. Using the maximum ppg, I came up with an efficiency of 93.2%. Now that certainly can't be right, can it?
I got 44.3 points for the 2-row, 10.8 for the Vienna, and 2.7 for the caramel 10.
Using the typical ppg (75%), I came up with 71% which to me sounds more right. I'm going to look into getting beersmith, but until then I'm stuck w/ crunching numbers the old fashion way. If anyone cares to chim in on the efficiency, please do so by all means.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:40 PM   #15
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Well, I had planned to do both the blonde and pumpkin ale's today, but after feeling like crap this morning, I don't have the strength to do 2 brews today. So, about 25 mins ago, I doughed in on the blonde. I figured it should be a pretty easy brew to do today, and will do the pumpkin probably on monday since tomorrow is football day. Since we're supposed to have some rain all this upcoming week, looks as though I'll be brewing in the garage which sucks because it's not attached to the house.
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Are you fermenting at 56 deg or is that the outdoor temp?
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Are you fermenting at 56 deg or is that the outdoor temp?
That was the humidity level in the house. It was fermented between 64-70 degrees


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