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Old 01-14-2012, 03:26 AM   #1
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Default First all grain brew!

Gotta say, second batch ever and im addicted.

Im sippin on my noble trappist (extract) about a week early and it tastes, looks and works spectacularly.

I just started the boil on an all grain hanks hefe from midwest using my diy mash tun. It was a lot of work, but fun... Seriously, had a blast doing this. I am hooked.

I just want to say thanks to everyone on here. I have learned and continue to learn a crap load just by searching and reading on this forum.

I hope to post something way more educational and informative after i pitch the yeast and clean up.


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Old 01-14-2012, 05:31 AM   #2
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Congratulations Teddy, looks like you have joined the ranks of all us beer brewing fools!

Good luck!


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Old 01-14-2012, 05:33 AM   #3
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Nice job on the copper manifold.

Enjoy the brew!
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:46 AM   #4
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Thanks guys.

the yeast has been pitched and everything is finally cleaned up.

I had a snafu with my wort chiller. The incoming line popped off and a little tap water made its way into the wort. Not too bad. I ended up with an og of 1.052. Im pretty pumped because i fall on the higher side of the range for the recipe.

Im guessing my efficiency was pretty good. I mashed for 60 min at damn near 152. Strike water was pushing 170. Did a 60 minute batch sparge at 170 ish... Temp dropped after i added the sparge water.

Im happy with the way the manifold worked. So all in all i think this was a success. If anybody is familiar with the recipe kit and wishes to comment, i would love to here some opinions.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:23 AM   #5
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Thanks for the pic of your mash tun- have the AG itch but not quite ready to go all-out equipment-wise (yet!), good to see simpler solutions.
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60 min batch sparge?

Congratulations and enjoy your brew!
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:15 PM   #7
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*hear some opinions.

Was the 60 minute sparge an issue? The :: has me wondering.

I plan on doing an all grain saison soon. Any tips between now and then is appreciated.
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*hear some opinions.

Was the 60 minute sparge an issue? The :: has me wondering.

I plan on doing an all grain saison soon. Any tips between now and then is appreciated.
As far as I know, a longer sparge isn't really beneficial. The goal is to rinse sugars off the grains. If you're going to spend extra time sparging, you may as well do a double batch sparge.
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Im guessing my efficiency was pretty good. I mashed for 60 min at damn near 152. Strike water was pushing 170. Did a 60 minute batch sparge at 170 ish... Temp dropped after i added the sparge water.
I know everyone does things their own way- but to me that seems to defeat the purpose of a batch sparge. I use it to shave a little time. I can see doing a mash out for like 10 minuets, 60 is way to long.[]
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Congrats, Teddy!

Isn't it a great thing?!?


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