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Old 05-16-2008, 02:53 PM   #1
Dec 2007
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I'm doing my first all-grain today, after a few weeks of equipment buying and learning some more from this forum. I think I've got my process down in my head pretty well, as well as on paper, so wish me luck. I can probably attribute any success to reading everyone's posts here and any mishaps to, well, not reading some posts...well thanks for the help up until this point and I'll thank everyone again when that last piece of equipment is back in the closet!

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Old 05-16-2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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Good luck.

Take some pics of the day.

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Old 05-16-2008, 02:56 PM   #3
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Way to go! I'm sure your experience with chemystree will help. The first AG is sometimes messy but I'm sure you'll do fine. Make a plan/timeline and don't get distracted and things will work out fine. Don't stress over a few degrees one way or the other on your mash temp, either. Oh - and take hydro readings so we can tell you to RDWHAHB after you're done.

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Old 05-16-2008, 06:28 PM   #4
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I hope you have help so he can remind you what's next and to help with things that need to be done. It's lots of fun if you have help. He can take the pictures when you screw up too.

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Old 05-16-2008, 06:42 PM   #5
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Or you can just stream it live online so we can give you pointers as you go along!

After last week, pics just ain't gonna cut it anymore....They're so 20th century...or at least so last month.

Best of luck!

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Old 05-16-2008, 10:17 PM   #6
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Ok, its been like 8 should be done and cleaned up by now.

How'd it go? I bet you learned a lot! I know I did on my first AG brews. Things made way more sense when I got done.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:43 PM   #7
Dec 2007
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Alright, all done! I got a little sidetracked after I finished up, but thanks to everyone who posts on here because it all went smoothly. 70% efficiency, which I'm more than happy with since that is exactly what I used as an estimate! I think I clocked in at 5 and a half hours or so, part of which I can attribute to heating all my water inside on the stove since I was too lazy to refill my propane tank and didn't want to run out mid-boil...otherwise a fun day of brewing!

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Old 05-16-2008, 11:09 PM   #8
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Feb 2008
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Good call on the stove, I can tell you from experience it SUCKS to have to make a quick run to the store to fill up a propane tank. Congrats on your first brewday. I'm not too far in front of you as I am in the middle of my 4th AG, but I haven't had nearly as much success with eff as you have 67% is the highest I've been able to manage. Nice work!
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:36 AM   #9
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Good job on you first all-grain!

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Old 05-17-2008, 01:41 PM   #10
Dec 2007
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thank you, from the looks of it my efforts were not in was also my first yeast starter and they have been really going at it!

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