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Old 01-30-2014, 04:38 AM   #1
robb117
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Hey guys I've found some awesome write ups, and done tons of research and am ready to do my first AG batch. My 1st recipe Revvy's banana bread ale (love wells banana bread beer). Brew day is this Saturday and wanted to hear if anyone has any tips/tricks of the trade or some easy rookie mistakes to be avoided.

I have a 9 gallon SS brewpot, homemade mash run, wort chiller, sanitizer/cleaser, primary bucket, and of course bottling supplies. Thanks for looking! Cheers



 
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:23 AM   #2
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I'm not a pro only done 3 AG batches so far but I raised my effieciancy from 60 to 76 by making sure my tun was preheated and slowly draining it to the kettle. You'll just have to get a feel for your set up. Surely a more experienced brewer will chime in and give you some more good advise. Best of luck with the brew.



 
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:27 AM   #3
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Are you batch sparging? Fly sparging?
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:49 PM   #4
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I'm not a pro only done 3 AG batches so far but I raised my effieciancy from 60 to 76 by making sure my tun was preheated and slowly draining it to the kettle. You'll just have to get a feel for your set up. Surely a more experienced brewer will chime in and give you some more good advise. Best of luck with the brew.
Do you preheat the tun with water the same temp as the strike water?

And I'll be batch sparging for sure

 
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:47 PM   #5
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This is a good resource: http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/

 
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:09 PM   #6
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I've always just filled my 10g Igloo water cooler straight from the water heater to warm it up (after installing the false bottom). (I add that note because I forgot once and damn that water is hot.) Not as good as heating it with strike water, but its enough that I always hit target temp.

Take a lot of notes. It will help you look back at what you did to realize where you can improve your efficiency (i.e. when to start washing MLT during boil, when to rehydrate dry yeast, when to bring liquid yeast slurry up to pitch temperature, etc)
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:32 PM   #7
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+1 to preheating and taking notes. I'd also add that you wanna stir the hell out of it, you want those grains to be splash mountain soaked. No clumps.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:39 PM   #8
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For my first AG brew I would go very basic, FOR THE FIRST TEN BREWS !

 
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:56 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tips. I'm feeling confident but know that some issues will come up. I'll def preheat the MLT. I didn't even think about that.

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Old 01-30-2014, 10:08 PM   #10
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Read as much as you can and have some DME ready just in case the efficiency is terrible. With that noted, once you get the hang of it you'll love all-grain brewing.
Good luck!

P.S. I'm willing to bet that if you don't have your own grain mill yet....within a few batches of all-grain brewing you'll be getting one.



 
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