Whew, just got finished with brewing of my first all grain, appartment is all steamy and smells wonderful (in my opinion).
Now I am relaxing with one more brew. Everything seems to have gone well, my mash seems to have been effective (an Iodine test of the runnings stayed nice and gold/orange, no purple at all) My new brew kettle did the job, and my new counterflow wort chiller chilled the wort like a champ. However, I had some serious hassles with keeping my sypon going from the brew pot throught the chiller into the carboy.
Lost it twice, things got rather exciting, wasted some beer in the process. Am I going to have to invest in one of those sanitary pumps to make sure things keep moving? They cost about $200 from what I have seen, a bit pricy for my wallet right now.
Can't wait to try the batch, but I will have to sit on my hands for a few weeks, since I am doing an Alt and it will have to sit in a nice cold primary for about 2-3 weeks. I'm sure it wil be worth it, however!