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Old 04-07-2007, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default My first AG is underway w/ some pics

Well this is my first AG and it is my ABM Amber ale.
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9# Maris Otter
.75# cara munich
.50# crystal 60
.25# Special B
Yeast is Pacman

Hops schedule is:
.50 oz Newport at 60
.50 oz Newport at 45
.50 oz Fuggles at 30
.50 oz fuggles at 15
.25 oz fuggles at flameout

IBu's are right around 45- about the limit of the style

As far as the mash, it went absolutely perfect. Heated my strike water to 166 to try to hit my temp of 154. The temp was a little low about 3/4 of the way in so I heated up the last 1.5 gallons of water to 174 to hit a final temp of 156. It's a little high but it will finish at 154. I just checked and stirred about 30 minutes in and the temp was 155. This is going far better than I thought.

I'll keep you all posted as I get breaks.


Thanks to all those who helped me and others out on their venture into the AG world.


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Old 04-07-2007, 05:58 PM   #2
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Cool and good luck! Kinda fun isn't it?
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Definitely fun...I don't see how you could not have fun doing this. I have high hopes for this one.


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Allright..now some questions. I am trying to figure out these brewing programs and the one I like is Beersmith. Now my OG out of my mash tun after everything was said and done (mash+sparging) was 1.049 into my kettle. Out of the kettle it is 1.062.
Now what's the difference between OG and SG? I'm trying to figure out my efficiency and based on brewsmith it's either 65 or 85%

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Ok so everything is done and cleaned up in little over 5 hours. I have to say this was the quickest, cleanest, and easiest brew I've done to date. Everything went almost perfect. Although I did realize that I placed my bazooka tube a but too high which leaves me with probably 1/2-3/4 of a gallon in the kettle which I then have to pour through a strainer into a funnel into my carboy;kind of a pain in the ass but it left me with my target volume of 5.25 gal. The bazooka tube worked flawlessly and my mash tun really did well. I will post pics in my gallery shortly to document this monumental occasion
I can't believe how easy all this was...this went easier than my last few batches. I'm thrilled and psyched about it and can't wait to brew again, although it will be a while as I have three brews now to bottle as well as Ed's apfelwein. Top all of this off with the fact that I get to taste my Plywood IPA tonight and I'm on cloud 9.

Pics to come!


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SG means specific gravity and does not signify anything special in brewing.

OG or original gravity is the SG just before adding yeast. This is used to calc. your alc %.


FG is final gavity which it your SG at bottling time before adding any priming sugars. Also used to calc alc %.

OG points - FG points * .131 = alc by volume
( 62 - 10 ) * .131 = 6.8% ABV
(This assums you finish at 1.010)
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So what is the term for the gravity of the wort after you are through mashing and sparging? Or is it even necessary to take this reading?


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That would be the preboil gravity. I take it when it's convenient. The more AG's I do, the less I do it though. I can usually count on about a 10 point increase between preboil and post boil. It at least gives me an idea of where I'm headed.

If I'm way low on my preboil, it gives me a chance to throw in some DME if I want. Though in the summer time, I lean towards lower ABV's and don't usually do that.

Congrats on the first AG. I just finished up another AG myself.

Satisfying ain't it?
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Congrats on the first AG. It was good to read it went smooth - and it sounds like a nice recipe.

Time for another Homebrew...
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So here are a couple pics, the rest are in my gallery.
the grains

Me adding the grains to the MT

Strike water
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