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Did our first AG and first time brew on Friday. Used a existing Boulevard clone recipe from the forum. Had no problem hitting temps/keepings temps steady.
Put about 168 strike water in and held at 154 for an hour while mashing. Sparge same thing put 18o in and held at 168 for ten min or so.

Single batch sparged collecting a total volume of 6.5 gallons. used 3.5 gal for strike water, which got us at 2 gal from first runnings, then added 4.5 gal for batch sparge which got us to 6.5 gal into kettle. only problem we had was this for some reason left us with about a gallon in the MLT still. Think my kettle gal marks may be off. Pre-boil grav was 1.036 sample cooled to 60 deg.

Boil went well, considering 6.5gal in a 7.5pot no boil over but lots of hot break foam. all hop additions went well, boiled for 60min down to 5gal. Post boil gravity was 1.053 which i was figuring 1.054 so this made us feel pretty good. poured into bucket stuck airlock and activity within 10hrs.

Bubbling away happily in my basement at 68 degrees now.

Now if i calculate eff. i am getting around the 55% mark, does this sound right? i figure since i basically hit my target OG i should be alright.( and yes it was a cooled sample after boil without yeast added.) anyone get anything different for eff??
 
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here's the recipe/process:

5lbs white wheat
4lbs 2-row
1lb flaked wheat
1lb pale malt
.5lb rice hulls

.5 oz willamette at 60min
1 oz cascade at 5min

safale us-05 at 70 degrees

mash 3.5 gal at 154 for 60min--collected 2 gal

sparge 4.5gal 168 for 10min --- collected 6.5 gal into kettle, left some water in MLT.

boil 60min ending with 5 gal about .5gal trub left in kettle, chill to 70 degrees, pitch yeast, done.

pre-boil garvity was 1.036----post boil 1.053
 
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after searching and reading, i think i may have helped ease my mind. i didn't stir my pre boil wort at all before i took my pre-boil reading, so therefore i feel like i probably got a lower reading due to the lower gravity sitting on top. going to relax now and say 1st time was a success.
 
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