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Old 05-09-2006, 03:01 PM   #11
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I just brewed my first all grain this weekend, also a hefeweizen. I used a turkey fryer pot with propane tank ($80 at Amazon) and it was very, very fast. I started around 8:00 a.m. and finished around 2:00 p.m. (including clean up). I don't have a wort chiller yet, just filled the tub with cold water and some ice and it cooled down pretty quick, like a half hour. All in, I was pretty surprised at how it went (thought it would be a lot harder). I didn't quite boil down the wort to 5 gallons, so I did have overflow problem. Of course, time will tell how it comes out...

My next one will be a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. Anyone have any thoughts on my first higher gravity beer?


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Old 05-09-2006, 03:25 PM   #12
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Way to go. That's fantastic that you made the leap. Take notes, and eventually you will get it dialed in to around 5 hours once your efficency improves.

You are already on your way to making a first rate product!

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Old 05-09-2006, 04:00 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by JeffNYC

My next one will be a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. Anyone have any thoughts on my first higher gravity beer?
Aerate the hell out of the wort prior to pitching, and make a BIG 3-4 qts...And of course pick a good yeast!
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Old 05-09-2006, 04:56 PM   #14
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Let us know how the Belgian strong ale goes. I'm going to go a couple of pale ales then have a stab at a Belgian style stong ale like Duval or Leffe.

Also looking at cheap fridges on ebay so I can try an Oktoberfest or something... no doubt i'll wake up one morning realising I've won an auction and have to drive 300 miles to pick it up

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