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Old 01-28-2012, 01:25 PM   #11
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Completely different advice from me. Don't take any notes, just do your first AG and have fun without worrying about anything but getting comfortable with the process. Next time get serious when you realize it wasn't a big deal to move to AG.
+1000 to this maybe even your first couple of ag's. Getting comfortable with YOUR process is key, then get into precise details after that. Have fun because I didn't on my first few, I was way to anal!! And the beer still turned out decent!



 
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice. I have already told myself that this first ag beer might end up tasting like crap and that's fine with me. I am more about learning my equipment this first time and getting my technique down and just enjoying brewing with some friends. If the beer turns out great, then that just makes it even better. I'll be posting my "after my first ag brew" and what I did wrong this evening. Again, thanks for all the advice.



 
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:37 PM   #13
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+1000 to this maybe even your first couple of ag's. Getting comfortable with YOUR process is key, then get into precise details after that. Have fun because I didn't on my first few,<u> I was way to anal!!</u> And the beer still turned out decent!
1+ I'm going to do my best to just enjoy the process, but I too can get that way and get bogged down with too much of the details and forget its suppose to be fun.

 
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #14
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To the op, we'll be doing our first all grain batch today also. I haven't done one in a LONG time, and that was with the old Phil's lauter system. I was starting to get anxious last night worrying about sparged volumes, strike temps and so on, but screw it. We're gonna throw caution to the wind and go for it. Believe me, we will screw up enough for the both if us.

 
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:14 PM   #15
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Yesterday I bought 8.5 pounds of grain and ran my new MLT system through a mash cycle just to make sure nothing leaked, hoses were long enough etc. It was worth the $10 and hour and a half to know that come brew day it will all workout without thinking about it.
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:55 PM   #16
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Good luck! I couldn't get my stuff in order so I won't be brewing this weekend. It is going to be nice to try my first AG brew next weekend. I'm just doing biab... Please update the thread with your learnings!
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:55 PM   #17
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Well, I learned alot from my first ag brew. My effeciency was 72%. My SS braid was destroyed though, so I think I will be building a copper manifold for my round igloo 10 gallon water cooler. I also learned that once you get your boil to going, turn the propane burner down. I started with 6.25 gallons of wort pre-boil and at the end of the 60 minute boil I had 3.5 gallons of wort. So, next time I will adjust that. Other than the screen and boiling the wort to hard, it went pretty good. I had a gallon of water left over from my HLT, so I added that to my 3.5 gallons of wort to make it 4.5 gallons in the fermenter. We'll see how this turns out. If the beer turns out good or bad, i learned alot on this brew and I'm sure I'll learn more as I progress. Thanks for the replies and the pointers.



 
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