Yet another first for AG, but questions
Well, I am midway through my first AG brew.
I am doing an Irish Red Ale.
Did the conversion part and am now boiling. I gathered up around 6.5 gal of wort, then ran off the rest into another pot and am boiling that too (about 1.5 gal, figure I'll do an 1 gal batch in a jug for fun). Maybe I'm greedy?
I'm curious... is the purpose of the boil to?
1 - set bitterness with hops
2 - reduce the volume to desired (in this case, 5.5 gal)
The HLT/Sparge were not smooth. I had water set to the strike temp, but then my grain didn't hit the desired temp and I had to add about 1 gal boiling water and only increased 1 or 2 deg. Is that normal?
The boil is doing well and smells great. I will go through the typical calculations of efficiency and post my findings.
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