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Old 02-07-2007, 11:35 PM   #1
Jan 2007
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I finally did my first AG today, and it was a Brown Ale. I decided to half the recipe from 6 gallons to 3, due to my lack of having a pot that could boil 6+ gallons. In halfing my recipe it threw me off quite bad. I thought i had it all figured out, but now the amount of water i needed, for some reason didn't function in my brain properly, Major brain fart. O well, i think i didn't sparge properly, but i seemed to be on the right track. We will see how it turns out, it smells good so far, I jus can't wait to see if the flavor sucks or if it isn't half bad. Defianently a good first experience, except my mash tun filter kept getting jammed and had to blow air into it, so i'm prepared to do another one soon enough.

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Old 02-08-2007, 12:00 AM   #2
Dec 2006
Los Angeles, California
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Sparging is where I went wrong on my first partial mash brew...I didn't sparge with enough water and ended up with terrible efficiency (around 50%). I realized once I started the mash I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing My next brew is gonna be an AG and I think I have the process all worked out.

Here's to better brews in the future!
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:10 AM   #3
Aug 2006
Fort Wayne, IN
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I have been doing all grain all along... and I still learn things. Did an Oatmeal stout that had an OG of 1.061 this week... #1 my final runnings were 1.018 and I ran out of brew kettle capacity, so I still left sugars behind #2 you really need a 10 gallon cooler to do a 5 gallon AG batch, that way you can even do step infusions with all that grain! Fixing those problems with my checkbook!


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Old 02-08-2007, 06:57 AM   #4
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Sep 2005
Cheshire, England
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Bloomer, what were your gravity readings?

Why not stick with full size partial mashes. Do your 3 gallon AG thing and add to the fermenter.
Do a 2 gallon extract then add that.
Have a beer on me.

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