7 Hour brew day, from heating up strike water to cleaning the mash paddle. And all i have picture-wise is a hydrometer reading...
Went pretty flawlessly, save for missing my strike temperature when i transferred to my cooler, had to drain half back to the kettle to heat it up, then still had to add near boiling water after I mashed in, but i hit 153*F right on the mark!
Also i noticed a pinhole leak at the 2gal mark in my kettle (bought used) but it ended up being a non-issue, somehow sealing itself when the sweet wort met the kettle
I made a slightly hoppy wheat ale, and boy was it tasty coming out of the mash tun!
I ended up with 4.5 gallons in the fermentor, because i didn't anticipate so much trub loss and boil off, next time i’ll know to let the sparge water fill her up to 7/7.5gal next time
Hit what I think is 60-65% efficiency based on brewers friend calculations, which was I was hopeful for. Should have me sitting at 6.5% ABV provided the hydrometer falls down into the 1.010’s
A question or two:
After tasting the hydrometer wort, i noticed it was rather hoppy. I used 4oz spread throughout the boil, and was curious if these would subside some after fermentation?
Also what was your “first time” with all-grain like? I felt like a little kid, playing with a new toy for 7 hours and I didnt want it to end!
I’ll post my recipe in the Ale section a bit later.
Thanks for reading!