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Old 04-04-2007, 12:52 AM   #1
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I finally made the leap to all grain this afternoon and everything went seamless. Better than my first extract. I did six extract brews and then decided to do this as an experiment to see if i could do it. I went into it really not knowing too much and not being very confident but it seemed easy enough. I got a turkey fryer on the cheap 48 qt Rubbermaid cooler with stainless braid and made a short IC (20'). So i jumped into it today and it couldn’t have gone smoother.

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Batch size 5.25gal
10lb maris otter pale malt
1lb crystal 60
Touch of chocolate malt for color
1oz fuggles 60min
1oz fuggles 30 min
1oz fuggles 5 min

Doughed in with 3.5 gal of water @ 170 (maybe a bit higher)
The cooler made some weird noises when I put the strike water in almost like ice cracking, no leaks though.
Added grains and hit 152-153 and held for an hour
After hour added1 gallon @ 190 to make half of my boil volume (it didn’t change
Collected 3.125 gallons on first runoff, planned on getting3 .25 but now I know)
The temp in the tun like I wanted to but no big deal voulourof(sp) only took a few quarts)
I sparged with 3.5 gallons @ 190 hit 170 on the dot) a qt extra to compensate for the loss i had in the first funoff (the funny thing is I am looking at my notes and I collected 3.75 gal on the sparge that’s more than I put in there, could be a mistake with my chicken scratch)
I collected my sweet wort in my bottling bucket and stupidly dumped it in the pot so if there really is something with HSA ill have it on this brew, haha on my sparge I started a siphon from the bucket then half way through waiting for it to go I realized the bottling bucket has a spigot, much better, ill remember for next time)
I planned on coming up with 6.5 gallons pre-boil but had 6.875, no big deal.
Fired up the burner came to boil in 10 minutes or so added my hops cracked a homebrew and kept a nice rolling boil for an hour.
Threw my chiller in with fifteen minutes left.
Took only about 15 minutes to chill down to pitching temps, could have been faster if remembered to make sure the water was flowing slower.
Siphoned the wort into the fermenter GOT EXACTLY 5.25 gallons @1.051
I put the recipe into beer smith guessing a 65% efficiency and it told me 1.051 and hit that perfectly I am happy with 65%
Shook like a mad man for a few minutes and pitched some re-hydrated dry yeast.

That was it couldn’t have been more easier. I doughed in at 3:15 and pitched at 7:15, almost on the dot.
Things I will do different next time definitely need a couple good thermometers so i can read by the degree instead of increments of ten (it was basically a guessing game). Preheat the mash tun a little higher I probably mashed more around 150 than 154 but couldn’t tell exactly. Try to stir grains while adding them instead of all at once, remember that even though I am not dealing with malt syrup sweet wort is very sticky, drink more homebrew during the boil, take neater notes, and that’s about it. All in all it was a great brew day I can’t wait to do it again. As I am finshing this post up I looked behind me about 2 hours later I got bubbles!

ANy suggestions or critiques of my method would definitly be welcomed.


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Old 04-04-2007, 01:06 AM   #2
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Congrats on the AG !

Notes are improtant...put them in good handwriting or on the computer. Its easy to forget what you did a few weeks/months ago.

re: Strike water...You can add a bit of hot/boiling water to the cooler (and dump it before adding grain) This will prevent the cooler from absorbing the heat - and keep the mash temp a little more easy to reach.

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Old 04-04-2007, 01:20 AM   #3
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tbulger,

I just finished making my mash lauter tun from a 12 gallon rubbermaid and you're making it unbearable to wait 3 weeks before my first all grain batch

Thanks for making it sound so easy, I'm looking forward to my first AG!

 
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:25 AM   #4
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Yeah, I pre-heat my cooler too. Never add water over 170 degrees though. Coolers were designed to keep things cold, not hot.

Boiling water can ruin a cooler. 10 minutes with a gallon of 150 to 170 water will do wonders for you.

 
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:28 AM   #5
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ahhhh!!!!!
I wanna go AG!

Sounds great.

My only critique is you waited until the boil to pop a brew.

That should be step one IMO.
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:51 AM   #6

Congrats on the first AG! Mine wasn't that long ago, I remember how much fun I had too. I second (or third? can't remember) the pre-heating of the mash tun. My tap water is fairly hot so I fill it up almost to the top and let it sit while waiting for the sparge water to heat. Just before the sparge water gets to temp I crack the valve and drain it out. My dough-in temps have been bang on since I started doing this.

Edit: I should mention (since it's a fair amount of water) that I don't just run it down the sink. I collect it into a garbage can and use it for cleaning when I'm finished.
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Old 04-04-2007, 02:04 AM   #7
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Yah i wanted to have a homebrew earlier but i had, thee buckets laying around two full of water/starsan two pots, cooler with one side up on a phone book, 3 and half gallons of 170-180 ina 16qt pot, lifintg that over to the cooler and up in the air, a small apartment kitchen and a small 10X10 deck, a new turkey fryer burner which scares me because i put it together, nothing could go wrong after the boil started so thats when is started drinking. Next time ill make sure to start earlier though :tank:
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:22 AM   #8
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5 hours= a arilock activity every four seconds. Ive had a few!
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:42 AM   #9
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Right on!

My first AG was with a grain bag a big big colender a big bowl and I mashed in my brewpot....worked out fine but it was a bit of a PITA...

Congrads!

 
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:53 AM   #10
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Don't worry about the HSA stuff..If you pour from your mash tun and then boil, you boil out the O2 so no worries..I don't worry about HSA anyway.



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