First of all, thx to everyone here that is seemingly on call (for their calling) 247. Without everyone's help I wouldn't have even attempted todays first AG.
I have been brewing extract w/ steeping grains for about a year. Had some great brews but have always wanted to take it to the AG level.
After thinking that PM would be a logical step, I noticed it was glorified steeping with a back up plan.
I bought 50ft of 3/8 copper from Amazon for about $38 for an immersion. Hit Home Depot for some fittings and I was off and running.
I followed this thread to a tee and it turned out great.
I got the 10 gallon cooler just in case would like to do 10 gallon batches in the future.
I bought a Banjo burner and a larger pot.
Today was a Platinum Bavarian Weizen from AHS.
5 1/2 lbs German Pils
4lb Red Wheat
1/2 Cara Pils
3/4 Saaz 60 min
1/4 Saaz 15 min
White Labs Platinum Bavarian Weizen
My strike temp was set by Beersmith at 162F.
The desired mash temp was 150.
I came in at 152-3 in the round Rubbermaid cooler.
There wasn't any temp loss during the mash.
I then mashed out until the grain bed was dry and the first runnings came in at 1.060.
Then I batch sparged and got my needed 6.25 for my boil.
Cooled her down and the OG came in at 1.044, which is the lowest number in beersmith for the style.
I have no idea how to calculate efficiency and would like some help on that.
It smelt like beer, it looked like beer, and well...I think I just did my first AG.