I brewed extract kits for several years in the mid 90's and I started back a year ago. Thanks to this forum I finally got it together and brewed my first all grain today.
I bought the Dry Dock Urca Vanilla Porter from Northern Brewer http://tinyurl.com/ay9toz2
. I built a MT from an Igloo Cube based on info found on this site. With plain water I leave 1 quart in the bottom. Added the 16 qts of 168d water and hit 156d right on the money. After an hour the temp was 154d. I recycled about 3 quarts back into the MT and then ran it all into my brew kettle. Then I added another 16 quarts at 180d for 10-15 min, recycled 3 quarts, and ran that into my brew kettle. I had to add about 6 quarts of water to the brew kettle to get to 6.5 gallons. I pulled a SG from the per-boil wort and it reads 1.052@70d.
So, now the question...what have I done? I thought that the per-boil SG would be much lower. Boil is almost finished, I'll post the OG when I get it down to pitching temp.
Oh...and I'm not worried...I'm having a Home Brew!