My first all grain brew day log - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > My first all grain brew day log

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-19-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
NoTrubble
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Posts: 138
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts



I decided to do an all grain brew and used the Centennial Blonde 5 gallon AG recipe.

Im having problems managing the inital mash temps and had to add more water to get back to the 150ish range. Seems my cooler is leaking heat like a mofo but at 25 minutes I checked temps again and was down to 153 to 156. I had some bad thermometers too. But I switched to digital probe and it is much easier. So get a better cooler and an accurate thermometer with extended thermocouple.

About 27 minutes remain so Im off to fire up the burner for 4the gallons of strike water.

No need to respond as Im just making notes here from my phone.
__________________
Next Brew Day: Dunno yet
Primary: 100% Wheat
Secondaries: Empty
Kegged: 100% Wheat
Kegged: Shiner Clonish something or other.
91lbs Malted Wheat Remain

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
keanex
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Posts: 23

Put a blanket around the cooler, that will help reduce heat loss. Also look into a better cooler, we are using an older one that was in the garage and it keeps the heat steady for an hour even with it being 40 degrees outside. I think it's an Igloo.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
NoTrubble
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Posts: 138
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


Yep got an Igloo 70 quart. I wrapped it in a wool blanket. Perhaps should have compensated another few degrees warmer since it is a bit chilli outside. My latest reading was about 1.028 @ 109F. Havent done calcs yet for efficiency.
__________________
Next Brew Day: Dunno yet
Primary: 100% Wheat
Secondaries: Empty
Kegged: 100% Wheat
Kegged: Shiner Clonish something or other.
91lbs Malted Wheat Remain

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
william_shakes_beer
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Maryland
Posts: 2,574
Liked 223 Times on 179 Posts


Check the cooler lid. Many of the cheaper ones have hollow lids. If so, squirt in come touch_n_foam to fill it solid with insulation. Be sure to add a vent, that stuff expands like crazy!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
shoman89
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
West Chester, Ohio
Posts: 22

I have a lot of temp issues doing 5 gallon batches in the 70 qt extreme cooler. I drop less than a degree in 60 minute when doing 10 gallon batches. Unless the 5 gallon is a high SG brew with a lot of grain, I would get a smaller cooler or use foam to limit the head space.

-JWP

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
NoTrubble
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Posts: 138
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


@jwb yep that was my thinking too. But this is my first AG with intentions of moving to 10 gallon Belgian ales. So more grains would require the 70burner quart at least. That was my thinking anyway.

Sitting at 1.032 @109F 97F.

First hops getting ready for second. Having a brew while waiting def relieves the stress of f-in it up!
__________________
Next Brew Day: Dunno yet
Primary: 100% Wheat
Secondaries: Empty
Kegged: 100% Wheat
Kegged: Shiner Clonish something or other.
91lbs Malted Wheat Remain

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 08:04 PM   #7
NoTrubble
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Posts: 138
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


@williamssahkesbeer...yeah i think you are right plus my cooler has that flap lid for easy cold brew access. Im going to mod it with the blue xps foam plus spray foam. My wife suggest we just by an Igloo 10gallon70 drink cooler instead of using this 10 yo POS. It helps having a wife from Belgium who appreciates a strong beer for all of itz qualities.

She sampled my La Fin du Monde batch pre secondary and highly approves of spending a little more to get a lot. Love brewing!
__________________
Next Brew Day: Dunno yet
Primary: 100% Wheat
Secondaries: Empty
Kegged: 100% Wheat
Kegged: Shiner Clonish something or other.
91lbs Malted Wheat Remain

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 10:54 PM   #8
NoTrubble
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Posts: 138
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


So both my first gravity and my starting gravity turned out to be 136ish at room temperature ~ 76F

I went ahead and pitched the yeast and will check on it tomorrow.
__________________
Next Brew Day: Dunno yet
Primary: 100% Wheat
Secondaries: Empty
Kegged: 100% Wheat
Kegged: Shiner Clonish something or other.
91lbs Malted Wheat Remain

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 10:59 PM   #9
tre9er
 
tre9er's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Lincoln, NE
Posts: 4,371
Liked 242 Times on 197 Posts


smaller batches in large coolers lose more heat. Throw a sheet of foil on top of the grist, wrap it up good with blankets, start a touch higher than you want, and leave it alone. Don't open it to stir, take temps, etc. Trust me, it doesn't affect efficiency if you don't stir in the middle of a mash. That's more about lautering, or freeing up the converted sugars after they're converted. Extra blankets, leave it be, start a bit high, use more water-to-grist to get total volume up (I go up to nearly 2qt/lb).

Start cooling your samples if you're using a hydrometer. Your OG should be higher than pre-boil since you lost water but not sugar.
__________________
_________________________________
Skal!
Den Faaborg Bryggeri

Quote:
Originally Posted by davekippen View Post
Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012, 02:16 AM   #10
NoTrubble
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Posts: 138
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


Hey thanks Tr9er. It was 1.032 and 1.038-40 post boil. It's hard to tell with my hydrometer. I hope it turns out ok. It's my first AG. So it was mostly for education in hopes I could turn out a decent brew.
__________________
Next Brew Day: Dunno yet
Primary: 100% Wheat
Secondaries: Empty
Kegged: 100% Wheat
Kegged: Shiner Clonish something or other.
91lbs Malted Wheat Remain

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First all grain brew (with amazing brew sculpture pic) alpo All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 15 02-14-2016 03:32 AM
First Brew All Grain!!! Scubbastv General Beer Discussion 5 01-05-2011 12:23 PM
Bad first brew day (all grain) SwampassJ General Beer Discussion 3 03-21-2010 07:57 PM
Water to grain ratio "1st all grain brew" Jaybrinks All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 09-22-2008 01:14 AM
Question about steeping grain in extract/grain brew grez Extract Brewing 16 09-18-2006 03:37 PM


Forum Jump