I am finally going to do my first all grain this weekend, actually 2 of them. The Helles kit and the Oatmeal stout kit from NB. Will crush the grains Thursday after we get home from the Inlaws and since the kids are staying there and the Wife works, I will have a long brew day on Friday. Wish me luck.
I got the oatmeal stout brewed and in the fermenter at about 8:00pm Fri.. It all went well but after 7 gallons on the preboil and 75 min. on the boil I came out 1/2 gallon short on the 5 gallon target. (I did 2.5 gallon on the first infusion at 156* for 60 Min. then did 3.5 on the second infusion at 170* for 10 Min. then mashed out. At 45 Min. into the boil I saw that I was going to be short on the final batch size so I did another infusion at 170* for 1 additional Gal. 10 min. added it and continued the boil 15 min.).
The OG was high though so I added THE half gallon of water into the fermenter and the OG is now at 1.046 which is pretty close to target. I used the dry yeast for the first time, added it to about 8 oz of pre boil wort to proof then dumped it into the carboy when it was 65*, its bubblin away now.
I have a soft water machine here and I have a 5 micro filter that I run that water through. I put 1 tsp of gypsum in the mash.
Do you think it will be OK?? Or even good?
I guess the helles will be next week end as my wife has me doing "other things today and tomorrow. At least the Oatmeal will be done by X-mas. The helles will still be ready by Easter.