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Old 12-26-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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This thread should get some of you seasoned brewers some well deserved likes.

I will be doing my first All Grain brew here in a few weeks. Here is my method:
  • Step 1 - Mash grains in 5 Gallon Jug at temp of 150F for 30-60 Minutes (depending on the recipe)
  • Step 2 - Empty first mash into brew kettle
  • Step 3 - Sparge the grains for 5-10 minutes
  • Step 4 - Empty sparge into brew kettle
  • Step 5 - Brew recipe as normal adding DME to get to final gravity

To my questions:
1)Does the above method suffice?

2)How much grain should I expect to use with this method? I was originally thinking 5 lbs but that was before I got a free 5 gal jug from my employer. I believe the more the grain the better correct? I know it depends on the style.

3) Is Beersmith 2.1 any better than 1.4? I know the layout is a bit different but is it worth the $23.95 upgrade or am I fine with 1.4?

4)How do I enter my "Mash Profile" in Beersmith? I know the basic inputs (water amount, water temp) is there a preset for the method I stated above?

5)What are the conversions for Grain to LME and Grain to DME? I am hoping to avoid using either but want to ensure there are enough fermentables. I am sure there will be a learning curve so the LME and DME are there to improve on the mistakes that may be made.

Any help will be much appreciated.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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I've put some recipes into Beersmith and they seem to be coming out okay as far as OG and fitting into the beer styles.

I am basing the recipes around 2-row, is that a good base malt to start with?

I am planning on using 10 lbs per brew too much or too little?
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:50 AM   #3
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any help?
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