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Old 05-07-2007, 03:49 PM   #11
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Do you remove the bags after the boil starts or do you keep them in there for a while? And how many bags do you use? Cause that is a whole lot of grain. I am curious because I would like my next batch to be AG. Thanks.


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Old 05-07-2007, 04:23 PM   #12
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There are no bags involved here, unless Cheese uses hops bags. If you are interested in AG (and I think you should be!!!!!), here is some great reading on it:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind..._grain_brewing
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http://www.brewingkb.com/articles/al...-tutorial.html
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http://howtobrew.com/section3/chapter18.html

I use an igloo cooler with a false bottom, and I'm guessing alot of AG brewers do that too. You'll find that there are many different ways to do it, though.


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Old 05-07-2007, 04:43 PM   #13
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I'm decocting like a mo'fo.

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Old 05-07-2007, 04:50 PM   #14
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Sounds a lot like my brew-day, Cheese. My first decoction. Did an acid rest, infused to protein rest temps, did a single decoction and had a bitch of a time hitting my sac. rest temps. 90 minute boil 'cause I used Pils malt. 5.5# Pils, 5.5# wheat, ounce of Hallertau 4.0%. Couldn't be a simpler recipe.

Also kegged my first batch, got another to get kegged tonight.

Did you use rice hulls? I wasn't sure when to add them; didn't want to boil them, so they stayed out until after the decoction.
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Cheese, 90 min boil can take a fair amount of water. How much did you have pre-boil? I have to have 7 gals preboil or I wont get 5 gals of beer.
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Sounds a lot like my brew-day, Cheese. My first decoction. Did an acid rest, infused to protein rest temps, did a single decoction and had a bitch of a time hitting my sac. rest temps. 90 minute boil 'cause I used Pils malt. 5.5# Pils, 5.5# wheat, ounce of Hallertau 4.0%. Couldn't be a simpler recipe.

Also kegged my first batch, got another to get kegged tonight.

Did you use rice hulls? I wasn't sure when to add them; didn't want to boil them, so they stayed out until after the decoction.
No hulls. I wanted to use them, but it turns out I didn't have any, and I thought I did.

I started with about 7 gallons (top of the bottom rung on my keggle) and ended up small. I'm going to pick up the extension legs for my turkey fryer and see if those don't help my problem.

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I shot a bit high with how much wort I collected - a bit more than 7.5 gallons.

I'm not sure which line you're looking at, but look on the keggle where the two halves are welded - that should be 7.5 gallons (actually a bit more, since its half of 15.5 gallons, but there's some dead space). Is that what you're judging volume off of? I'm wondering if you aren't collecting as much as you think you are.

I've also found out when I'm doing my volume calcs that the grain absorbs a lot more water than I assumed. I also lost a decent amount (and compensated with the sparge) when I boiled the decoction; there was none left with the grain when I was done. I started with a pretty thick mash, but ended up with what looked like rice pudding.

So, I got my volumes right here, but I'm thinking the last batch (777), I'll be lucky to have four gallons after I'm done dryhopping
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This is the same problem I am having. I ended up with about 3 gallons or just under
yesterday when I brewed my Hefe.

I did not compensate enough and I even think that the whole hops really absorbed
a lot of water. I'm hoping to get this right on my 3rd AG.

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What yeast are yall using? My Hugh Heffe used the WLP300
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I use WLP300 for hefe as well. How does it compare to the WLP380?


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