Hey folks as I said above I'm planning my first all grain brew day (as many have before here I'm sure), and I'd love your input.
I'm planning a one gallon batch (because I have other needs for my money now and I can use the equipment I have on hand). I have an unmodified 2 gallon cooler sitting around.
The recipe I've put together:
2 lbs Golden promise (2Lov)
8 ozs Crystal 80
I don't have my hops yet but they're coming, so I don't know the AA but I'm going to use Fuggles, targeting 30 ibus or so? Additions at 60 and 15 or 10 (not sure which on the latter yet).
Harvested S-04 with a started (a little concerned about over pitching here)
Hopville claims 1.063OG/1.017FG......which I'm sure I'm gonna miss despite my best efforts not to.
I'm planning to mash in the cooler at 1.3 quarts/lb, not sure what temp yet. I'm planning to "batch sparge" by using a grain bag in the cooler as a "false bottom". I'm planning to mash with the grains in the bag, remove the bag, dump the "first runnings", put the bag back, then add my sparge water and repeat to collect my "second runnings".
I'm aiming for 1.5-ish gallons of wort (haven't done a boil off with water yet, but will before brew day and plan to incorporate that into figuring out my sparge water amount), to boil down to 1 gallon.
I don't know how ideal that is, but I HOPE it's a little more efficent than a BIAB (which is my other option). I have no plans to mess with the mash PH or add brewing salts, I'm planning on using normal tap water which has served me fairly well to this point with my extract batches. My tap water is quite soft and tasty, also I can't smell any clohrine in there if it is.
Anything I'm missing? I'd love any input you guys have, I'm no expert and I know I'll have beer regardless, but I want to have something drinkable and yet breakout "on my own" a bit from an established recipe to test my own knowledge of what I've learned in this awesome hobby