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Old 09-18-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Well I finally went all grain. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. Actually, it was (besides me fly sparging) probably my best brew day ever. I hit my OG at 5.25 gallons with 77% efficiency. I just wanted to say thanks for all the great advice that's on this site. I didn't post that I was going AG because if it didn't work I didn't want anyone to know! LOL Can't wait to get this Oatmeal Stout on the gas so I can brew another!



 
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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Fun stuff eh?



 
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:24 PM   #3
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yeah, i really excited about developing my own recipes. I need to start looking in to a brewing software. anybody have any suggestions?

 
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:35 AM   #4
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Great job man, welcome to the ag club, sounds like you nailed it, Im sure it will be a great beer.

 
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:43 AM   #5
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Fire up another batch very soon!

 
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:03 AM   #6
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yeah, i really excited about developing my own recipes. I need to start looking in to a brewing software. anybody have any suggestions?
I think Beersmith would be the one to choose. They used to offer a fully functional trial for 21 days so it's easy to check out thoroughly before purchasing.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:40 PM   #7
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I think Beersmith would be the one to choose. They used to offer a fully functional trial for 21 days so it's easy to check out thoroughly before purchasing.
I agree. For 20 bucks it's really worth it. It's got a bunch of useful tools, keeps track of your inventory and I'm working on using the calendar feature now so I can better plan my batches/racking/bottling. I would definitely +1 taking it for a test drive.

 
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:50 PM   #8
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Congrats! Good feeling, isn't it?

+1 on BeerSmith. It's a great tool and a great price.

 
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:58 PM   #9
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Congrats, I just did my first a week ago and will be bottling it tomorrow. I also thought it was easier than I had anticipated but had spent a lot of time reading about it. I would also recommend BeerSmith. I did the trial and just purchased it yesterday.

 
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:16 AM   #10
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Thanks, I REALLY NEED TO FIRE UP ANOTHER! BeerSmith seems to be the concensus here, I'm going to look into it. One of the problems I have here in Phoenix is the heat and controlling fermemter temps. I have a small chest freezer with a temp regulator that works very well, but I can only do 5 gallons at a time. Then I keg it and put it in the kegerator. Right now I have about 5 gallons between 2 kegs and getting less everyday! So I need to keep brewing I guess. The winter should allow me to brew as well. Any suggestions to make it better let me know. I really appreciate all of them!



 
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