Ok here we go (this may be long I am not sure yet just warning any readers).
Today was my third attempt at an all grain brew. The first two didnt go so well both had stuck sparges and the first one only ended up with about 3 gal in the fermentor(so i sprayed about 2 more in with a garden hose I was a little drnuk and PO'd at that point
) the second was a little better and i ended up with about 4gal. I just kegged my first attempt and I do believe it is gonna be good which rocks
. The second will go in the keg later this week. Back to today. I did Yoopers Dead guy clone, i started about 11:30 or noon and just finished up with the cleaning. Today was by far one of the best brew days ever. If anyone else is reading this and thinking about going all grain then i suggest DO IT!
I mashed in a little hot but after letting it set and doing a bit of stirring i got the temp down and let it set for an hour. Vorlauf and add the first sparge everything went great, second sparge equally great. Ended up with about 7gal in the kettle. On with the boil, added hops chiller and irsh moss all went well. Flame out and turn on the IC and the shenanigans start.
Two missionarys from the Mormans show up in my garage! Ok no big deal i will talk religion (in person) with almost anyone so I invite them to set down and have a bottle of water while I am waiting on the wort to cool. I tried to give them a beer but they would have none of it. I mean heck its about 95 here in the shade today a nice cold beer would have cooled them off, at least it was working for me
they hung out for about a half an hour and i think i may have scared them cause all of a sudden they said well we better be going now and left. So i finish the chill and end up with about 5.5 gal in one fermemter and maybe 1.5 in another ( i didnt want to waste my first success of an AG).
My one piece of advice for any new AG brewers is to make sure that if you do the steel braid conversion on your MT then make dang sure that you buy the SS braid and not the plastic one (this was the problem with my first 2 brews) Anyway now I am off cause SWMBO is making me dinnner and i need another beer.
Maybe this should be in the drunken rambling forum (if so someone please move it for me)