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Old 03-26-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
FoundersBrew
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Doing Ed Worts Kolsch today for my first all-grain. Please feel free to give me some last minute preparation tips. I will take photos throughout, to post later; wish me luck.

 
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:37 PM   #3
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I'll be doing my first all grain today as well!

I've been extract brewing for almost a year, but this will be my first all grain!

Good Luck man!
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:38 PM   #4
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use a piece of chalk for the starch test, i always have the hardest time trying to use a plate.

 
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:39 PM   #5
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oh, and plan on the first few brewdays to be about 45 minutes longer that you estimated.

 
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:50 AM   #6
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Well boys,

Didn't go as good as I wanted. I had a stuck sparge and had to try and salvage the best I could. I ended up three points off and may have tannins due to excess grain in the boil.

On the bright side, I learned a couple of things today; I will correct these and move forward.

Thank you guys for your help!

 
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:52 AM   #7
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Your first one is under your belt. You're only going to get better from here on out.

 
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:19 AM   #8
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Well boys,

Didn't go as good as I wanted. I had a stuck sparge and had to try and salvage the best I could. I ended up three points off and may have tannins due to excess grain in the boil.

On the bright side, I learned a couple of things today; I will correct these and move forward.

Thank you guys for your help!

I just did my first the day prior and you're right, learned a lot. Congratulations on finishing your first of many!

 
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:27 AM   #9
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Best part of all grain is not dealing with sticky extract.

When a stuck sparge occurs I ussually evaluate the amount of water in the mashtun. If it is below the grain bed I add. I then just stir the mash and ........ do that thing where you pour off the runnings into a container then add back to the mash (can't think of the word, I'm tired and have been drinking). Then proceed with the sparge.

 
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:54 AM   #10
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oh, and plan on the first few brewdays to be about 45 minutes longer that you estimated.
Did my first all grain a 2 weeks ago and if it only took 45min extra id have been happy as could be. My first batch started at 330 ended with clean up at 1145 or so. Just finished bottling 15min ago. My first batch of AG American IPA: FG sample aside from flat, not too bad. I feel a Summer Blonde coming over next weekend.

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