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planenut

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First Brew Ever 09-06-08
Northern Brewers - Extra Pale Ale
Directions called for a partial boil but I modified slightly to do a Full boil.
I steeped the specialty grains in 2.5 gallons as I was unsure what it would do in 6.0 gallons.
I reduced the 2 oz of Cascade hops to 1.5 oz with the TLAR (that looks about right) method. They were it 2 seperate 1 oz packs so I just split one in half.
Otherwise standard directions..
Extra Pale Ale Extract Kit -- Kit Inventory Sheet


3:00 pm
Cleaning and Prep

4:26 pm
Heating 2.5 Gallons of RO water for Specialty Grains



4:35 PM
Adding 1 lb of Dingemans Caramel Pils Specialty Grains
As Murphy's Law would have it, my first temp probe failed...
I got kind of Lucky
I heated the water and checked the temp with a digital probe like you would use for a pork tenderloin. As soon as I placed it in the pot it said 152 degrees. After about 7 minutes, I began to question its accuracy. I used an Instant read and it said 120 degrees. I was up to about 14 minutes before the temp rose to 150 degrees. I kept it at 150 - 158 for the next 16 minutes. 30 minutes total steeping



5:10 pm
I add the 2.5 with the steeped grain to the 3.5 gallons outside in the turkey fryer and begin heating to a boil

5:20 pm
Remove from heat and add 6 lbs Gold Malt Syrup

5:25 pm
Return to boil after added LME

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5:38 pm
Hot Break almost finished..

5:45 pm
Removed from heat again
And added 1.5 oz of Cascade hops in a muslim bag.


5:48 pm
Returned to Boil and started 60 minute clock
Notice the improper planning.. I knew I didn't have a spoon long enough but was too impatient to wait so I sanitized some vice grips as an extension.


5:50 pm
Hydrate Yeast - 1 pack of safale US05 in 1 cup of previously boiled water cooled to 100 degrees F.

6:20 pm
Added 1 tsp of wort to first batch of Yeast. (cooled)

6:47 pm
Hydrate 2nd batch of yeast
as I had no confidence in the first..

6:48 pm
Added the final 1 oz of Cascade hops


6:50 pm
Ice bath

7:00 pm
Added 1 tsp of simple syrup to yeast - (cooled)
(1 cup of sugar in 2 cups of boiling water)


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View of both Yeast samples..
The 2nd batch is on the left and shows more activity.

7:13 pm
Wort is 80 degrees

7:20 pm
Wort is 74 degrees

7:38 pm
4.5 gallons is all that is left from the original 6 gallons. I add .5 gallons of Boiled and cooled RO water.


8:00 pm
Testing
1.047 at 70 degrees should yeald 1.048


Drank Wort, Sweet and yummy!
Sweeter than the Sweetwater IPA I was having as I finished my work.
I have learned what Cascade Hops smell and taste like..


Cleanup!
Thanks for looking
 
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Activity was a little slow at first...


8:26 am 12 hours in fermenter
A little activity if you watch the air bubble


2:11 pm 18 hours in fermenter
Activity is really picking up


8:34 pm 24 hours in fermenter
Much better


8:34 pm 24 hours
If the video works, you can really see activity below the foam. I wasn't expecting to see particles rolling around like water boiling...

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nice action! looks like your beer is going to be great! :mug:

:off: all of those sideways pics make my neck hurt! :D
 

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Pretty damn good job! Look like a seasoned vet, minus the vice of course. jk. Nice pics as well.
 
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That is probably the best 1st batch i have ever seen been done. Very good job
Thanks,

I've been reading the forum (great advice and members) and "howtobrew.com" quite a bit the last few weeks and tried to get everything organized and prepared.. After all, I've got to wait around 6 weeks to drink it. :)
 

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I've been reading the forum (great advice and members) and "howtobrew.com" quite a bit the last few weeks and tried to get everything organized and prepared..
I just want to add, congratulations on what looks like a fantastic first brew, it's all down hill from here.:mug:
Keep the OCD up with sanitization during bottling and I'm sure your have some great beer there. Your a good example that perfect planning produces perfect products. My first beer was pis$ poor planning produces...... I caught a minor case of OCD after that.
 

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keep documenting your brews like this and you'll make some damn fine beer, congrats!
 

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