I wanted to let you know that I brewed this Sunday night.
Here are some firsts you might like to hear (this was my second batch of beer ever):
1. First AG (ok, well BIAB, but still AG)
2. First batch to use my diy 50ft immersion chiller and pre-chiller
3. First batch to use my custom burner assy.
4. First batch to go into my diy fermentation chamber
5. Will be the first batch for me to keg
I'd say I broke in all the new equipment the right way!
I hit the recipe to a T -- used WY1450 Denny's in a 2L starter
My lhbs had everything I needed -- but a couple questions:
The Columbus was 15.2AA and the Mt. Hood was 5.4AA - I guess the different years change that slightly - will this affect the finished IBU's much?
My preboil SG was around 1.050 (not temp corrected with much accuracy)
My post-boil, post-chill, temp-corrected OG was 1.070 with only about 5.1 gallons making it to the fermenter. I settled for a little less volume to make it BIAB in my 8.8 gallon BK. The calculators I've used after the fact make it look like my Brewhouse efficiency was only around 58% ( which is about what I expected for BIAB my first time out. I kept it at 153 the whole time) Does this seem right?
I also saw that you keg hop often. I bought an extra ounce of columbus for this -- I seem to remember reading that you dry hop in primary 1oz and keg hop 1oz.
I know the debate on secondary is vigorous, but I was gonna secondary this one with 1oz and toss 1oz in the keg (in a bag?) too. Does this sound good?
Sorry for the novel.