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Old 03-06-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hey guys-- I'm doing the CloneBrew Sierra Nevada recipe for my first All-Grain batch. I plan to batch sparge.

Should I get extra grain/hops or anything for my first run? I'm doing a pale ale hoping it'll be a little forgiving but I have no idea what to expect as far as efficiency or anything.

I've already made the order, so if ya'll think I'll be fine, that'd be best. But it shouldn't be too much of a hassle to change it if I need to.

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Old 03-06-2008, 03:40 PM   #2
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Normally on your first AG it's a good idea to expect 60-65% efficiency. If you think that's to far below your target OG, then you could always add a couple more pounds of base malt.


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Old 03-06-2008, 04:21 PM   #3
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Normally on your first AG it's a good idea to expect 60-65% efficiency. If you think that's to far below your target OG, then you could always add a couple more pounds of base malt.
I believe the recipe assumes an efficiency of 70%...yikes!
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:40 PM   #4
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You should be ok, my first ag was a pale ale and I only hit about 65% with a 70% grain bill. I was a little short on the OG, but I still made a yummy beer.

 
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:49 PM   #5
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And if you are a little short on the O.G. you can add a little DME. While not truly "All-Grain" it'll be close enough. Personally, I'd rather do that than come up short.

 
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:06 PM   #6
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And if you are a little short on the O.G. you can add a little DME. While not truly "All-Grain" it'll be close enough. Personally, I'd rather do that than come up short.
Is there a formula for figuring how much DME to add if you do come up short?

 
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Is there a formula for figuring how much DME to add if you do come up short?

You'd have to use some sort of software or do the manual math to figure out how much exactly to add.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:23 PM   #8
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Just stick to the recipe and what ever it ends up it ends up. Enjoy it... It is beer and you made it..
My 1st AG I hit 78% but my 2nd I hit 66% so what ever. I later figured out that it was the crush. Now I have my own mill and all is good.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:15 PM   #9
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Awesome-- thanks guys. As always, great answers in a timely fashion!
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I have another thread currently posted asking how to exactly add the extra DME. I received a response on how much. I was told 1 lb. of DME in a 5 gallon batch should give you about a 10 pt. increase in gravity.

My questions was when & how do you make the DME addition since the gravity is read after cooling the wort? It would suck to have to boil the DME separately, wait for it to cool & add it.



 
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