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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quantity vs. OG
« on: February 03, 2014, 05:02:42 PM »
Thanks for the advice. I'll keep these things in mind next time!

General Homebrew Discussion / Quantity vs. OG
« on: February 03, 2014, 09:04:40 AM »
Hi all! After a 2-1/2 year hiatus from home brewing (I know, I'm awful. But I have continued my AHA membership!), I have returned. In the last two weeks, I've brewed three beers and kept coming up with the same problem.
I started with some extract kits to get back into the swing of things before I move on to AG, but I've noticed something: after I transfer the wort from the kettle to the fermenter and add some water, the target OG and the final volume are not what I think they should be. From what I remember, most recipes are for a standard five gallons unless otherwise stated. I've been hitting the OG, but the volume is just over four gallons. I think that it would be better to be at the OG rather than the volume. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks for any insight!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: First time all grain - part two
« on: August 02, 2010, 11:58:11 AM »
I guess when I said central PA, I should have said south central PA, about 5 minutes across the river from Harrisburg.

Anyway, I saw a video on youtube and the brewer said he usally goes a few degrees higher than what promash says. So, the program told me to put in 155 degree water. I went up to 157, put it in the mash tun and let it sit for a few minutes. It was at 154 when I put the grain in and I after I stirred, it dropped to 150.9, right in the middle of my target of 150-152. Of course, I could have gotten completely lucky. After a few more tries, I'll see how things go. I'm currently using the demo version of promash and haven't purchased it yet.

I never thought about adding boiling water to raise the temp. If I end up doing a step mash, I'll be sure to use your tip, thanks Denny!

All Grain Brewing / Re: First time all grain - part two
« on: July 28, 2010, 05:52:24 AM »
With as much reading/research that I did, this first batch wasn't that hard. Mainly b/c the recipe wasn't difficult, which was nice. I hit the temperature numbers almost exactly due to the fact that I was using ProMash. That program helped out a alot as well as the advice that I received on this forum. I did have to recycle the wort four times before it got clear. One thing that I didn't check before I started was to see if the tubes that I currently have would fit over the barbed fitting that is on the ball valve - they didn't, so I had to drain straight from the ball valve, which was a little difficult, but now I know to get more tubing before my next brewday.

I purchased the Pre-Prohibition Lager from Northern Brewer which involves step mashing. This one looks pretty straight forward as well, it doesn't look like there's anything really advanced in it. I'll just have to run ProMash a few times to get the hang of adding the correct temperature water to raise the wort temperatures. That's probably my biggest concern for the next batch.

I like the article on CDAs in the latest issue of Zymurgy, so that might be my next attempt after the lager.

All Grain Brewing / First time all grain - part two
« on: July 26, 2010, 08:25:50 AM »
Success! I was able to brew my first all grain batch with minimal difficulty. The recipe was pretty straightforward, so I didn’t have too much to worry about. The biggest problem was that I chose the hottest day of the year in Central PA to sit by a propane burner! The OG was supposed to be 1.038 and I ended up with 1.036, so I guess that’s ok for a Mild Pale Ale. I finished with just a touch over five gallons – maybe enough to fill an extra beer.

I do have a few questions based on my experience.

Using the 8.25# that I discussed in an earlier post, I did as suggested and added 8.5 gallons of water. I collected six gallons of wort and boiled for an hour. I noticed that there was some liquid left, so out of curiosity, I collected what was left. I was able to drain off an additional two gallons. Could those two gallons be used to make additional beer, and, if I make this recipe again, should I use two gallons less to mash with?

Thanks again for all of the help in making my first AG batch run smoothly! My next attempt involves step mashing, so I’ll return shortly for some more assistance.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First time all grain
« on: July 22, 2010, 12:02:17 PM »
I'd like to thank everyone for their advice and suggestions. I'm mainly using this session as a practice run & get the procedure down. That's why I chose to do this mild ale with only 8# of grain and a few oz. of hops. I've watched enough videos and read enough articles/books so I'm fairly confident in what I need to do. I've been running the whole thing over in my head for the past couple of months although like most things, I'm sure I'm forgetting a few details that I'll run into when I get started. My next batch will involve step mashing, but it seems pretty straight forward. Thanks again and I'll let you know how I do!!!

All Grain Brewing / First time all grain
« on: July 20, 2010, 06:23:33 AM »
Hi all, I plan on brewing my first all grain this weekend (weather dependent) and I have a few questions. The recipe I'm using is from the Sep/Oct 09 issue of Zymurgy on page 29 - The Clark Kent Mild Ale.

There are 8.25 lbs of grain that will be going into the mash tun. Based on a quart per pound, I'll need just over two gallons of water for absorption. The recipe says that I should collect six gallons of wort with the expectation that one gallon will be lost to the boil. So now I'm up to just over eight gallons, plus about 1/2 gallon due to dead space in the tun. So does that mean that almost nine gallons of heated water will go into the mash tun to end up with six in the kettle?

Also, is the iodine test an absolute must for someone in the early stages of all grain?

I think that's all of the questions that I still have about this. Wish me luck!

Thanks a lot for all of the help,


All Grain Brewing / Re: Making a mash tun
« on: February 16, 2010, 05:22:22 PM »
You know, after I posted I thought that maybe a shorter nipple would do the trick, but didn't think of  a coupling. I was actually looking at some aquarium forums and they mentioned the aquarium adhesive. My concern was if it was food grade. From looking around, I saw that there is some national standard about cement that is food grade, which the cpvc cement is approved for. I was just concerned about it withstanding 170-180 degree water. I'll try the compression way first and see how I do. Thanks for the assistance everyone!!!

All Grain Brewing / Making a mash tun
« on: February 15, 2010, 05:30:33 PM »
Hi all, I'm currently working on making a mash tun. I'm using a 52 qt. coleman extreme cooler and have made a manifold out of cpvc. Here's where I hope I don't lose anyone: from the manifold, I'm using a connector that is 1/2 cpvc and 1/2 brass. From there, I'm connecting to a 2" long nipple that goes through the cooler wall and then connects to a ball valve. The nipple is going through the washer that originally came with the cooler that was on the inside. I gave it a dry (or would it be wet?) run and found that water is leaking through the drain hole of the cooler. Can cpvc cement be used to glue/seal the washer to the inside of the cooler wall? Or is there another solution to seal the hole around the rubber washer?

Thanks for the help!

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