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Title: My first brew
Post by: yso191 on October 22, 2012, 03:26:13 PM
After studying and accumulating gear since June, I finally brewed a 5 gallon batch yesterday.

What went wrong:
1. Got to enjoying the event so much at the store, I misread the grain bill and added ~twice as much Roasted Barley as the recipe called for.  The beer will be darker than intended.
2. I didn't preheat the mash tun adequately and had to add more water to the mash to keep the temp up.
3. My Vorloff (sp?) sucked.  I disturbed the grain bed way too much.
4. First runnings on the batch sparge went well, but stuck the second runnings.  This turned out to be caused by my dip-tube being too close to the bottom of the keggle (legally obtained).
5. WAY too much grain getting by the grain bed/false bottom.  I had to filter the wort through a strainer.

What went right: pretty much everything else.  The estimated OG was 1.053 and I hit 1.051.

It is in the kegerator designated as the fermentation chamber and bubbling away.  We'll see...

Steve
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: Jimmy K on October 22, 2012, 03:47:20 PM
If that's all that went wrong, I'd say that's a pretty good first day.
Title: My first brew
Post by: majorvices on October 22, 2012, 05:15:53 PM
All part of the learning process. Congrats on your fist batch!
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: davidgzach on October 22, 2012, 05:20:50 PM
Not a bad first day at all!  Stuck sparge could be more because of the extra roasted barley as well.  How much in total?

Congrats on your first all grain!

Dave
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: euge on October 22, 2012, 07:04:11 PM
Congrats! Missing .002 on your first AG is something to be commended on. I take it this is your first time brewing beer at all? Jumping in feet first I see.

Yeah it's gonna be quite roasty depending on how much roasted barley you actually used- if it was just ounces I wouldn't worry. Pounds are another matter... :o
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: yso191 on October 22, 2012, 08:21:17 PM
Ha ha, Ounces, not pounds.  The recipe called for .09/lb. of Roasted Barley and I looked at another grain which was .25/lb..  When I noticed my mistake I took back out as much as I could without getting too anal about it.  yeah, I think it will just be darker.

Steve
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: saintpierre on October 22, 2012, 08:42:13 PM
Sounds like a pretty successful brew day. Hell as long as it tastes good I'd say it was a great success! Congrats!
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: gauzzastrip on October 25, 2012, 06:47:29 PM
I commend you going straight to all grain as your first brew.  If I hadn't gone with extract for my first 6 months of brewing I would have had no idea what was going on haha!

Sounds like you had a great first brew day.
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: Slowbrew on October 25, 2012, 07:03:38 PM
Way to go on your first brew.  I did go to all grain for several years and I think your first one went better than mine.   :o

Some of my best beers have been born of mistakes.  I can even reproduce some of them.  Now, start planning your next brew.

Paul.
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: weithman5 on October 25, 2012, 07:08:21 PM
Congrats! Missing .002 on your first AG is something to be commended on. I take it this is your first time brewing beer at all? Jumping in feet first I see.

Yeah it's gonna be quite roasty depending on how much roasted barley you actually used- if it was just ounces I wouldn't worry. Pounds are another matter... :o

i don't even record to the thousandths.
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: yso191 on October 25, 2012, 08:10:41 PM
Yep, 2nd brew on Saturday.  A Pale Ale, lightly hopped with orange and coriander. I'm not going to be able to drink them this fast!  I'm also scheduled to do a 10 gallon IPA batch with a friend the following Friday.  Need more fermenter room...

Steve
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: blatz on October 25, 2012, 08:36:22 PM
  Need more fermenter room...


the obsession begins...
Title: Re: My first brew
Post by: sch21c on October 25, 2012, 08:45:35 PM
Yep, 2nd brew on Saturday.  A Pale Ale, lightly hopped with orange and coriander. I'm not going to be able to drink them this fast!  I'm also scheduled to do a 10 gallon IPA batch with a friend the following Friday.  Need more fermenter room...

Steve

Wow!  Talk about jumping in with both feet!

Sounds like you've got things moving along well.  Welcome to the obsession.