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Old 06-16-2012, 02:44 AM   #1
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Tomorrow, I will embark on my first all-grain experience brewing a very simple IPA. My question for you, the HBT reader, is: what are some simple things that you wish someone would have shared you before your first batch all-grain? Things that you don't see in videos, ie. stir your strike water to make sure your temp is even throughout your pot... can't think of any other good examples... Maybe I had too much homebrew!

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:50 AM   #2
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How much grain/water would have fit in my cooler before I started. I over-estimated the size of my batch by about 15% and paid for it on efficiency. The brew turned out great, but not as good as it could have been, looking back. Now, I don't stir my mash at all (I mash overnight in coolers) and my mash turns out great.

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:52 AM   #3
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Patience.

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:00 AM   #4
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I watched a lot of videos and read a lot while accumulating my gear so I had no surprises.

What I didn't really know is how easy it really is. There is a lot to keep track of but if you pay attention it is easy.

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Old 06-16-2012, 03:07 AM   #5
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I agree I was surprised how easy it was.

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:46 AM   #6
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I agree I was surprised how easy it was.
+1 same here. I only wish I started AG sooner.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:01 AM   #7
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I agree with the above. I'm only 4 brews deep into AG and am surprised at how easy it was.

The only advice I would have is to take really good notes on the brewday (take a well stirred preboil sample) and have some extra hot water at the ready in case you don't hit mash temps (I'm still dialing in my equipment temps.)

Have fun!

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:41 AM   #8
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I agree with the above. I'm only 4 brews deep into AG and am surprised at how easy it was.

The only advice I would have is to take really good notes on the brewday (take a well stirred preboil sample) and have some extra hot water at the ready in case you don't hit mash temps (I'm still dialing in my equipment temps.)

Have fun!
I'm doing BIAB, so hopefully I won't need the extra water since all the temp loss will be due to grain immersion and steam loss.

However, since I'm mashing in a pot instead of a cooler, the metal will conduct heat, and thus lose it considerably better than a cooler. Should I, A.) Let it sit a little longer, B.) Wrap it in blankets, or C.) Continue heating it from the bottom and stirring?

D.) none of the above?

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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Hey, good luck and thanks for posting this. Like you, this will be my first AG attempt. Post back with what you've learned from your fist day.

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:56 AM   #10
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Stir. Stir! STIR! after adding hot water.

NASA should look into using grains + water as an advanced insulating substance. The wacky soup can be 140 degrees in one place, and 158 degrees a couple of inches over, and it can hold those temps for a surprisingly long time. You can imagine the kinds of unnecessary hot-water disasters this can lead to. As a corollary (I know you said only one thing), take readings from all around the mash, and stir if the temps are radically different.
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