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Offline ccfoo242

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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2012, 03:00:42 PM »
Well I already spent the money sooo...  ::)

I'm doing the second mash at the moment. Got off to a late start.

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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2012, 04:26:09 PM »
FYI to compensate for the lack of a blue cooler I'm wearing a Pike Brewing Company shirt and listening to old episodes of Brew Strong.

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So, lessons learned:
-I ended up with 8 gallons of wort...1.5 gallons more than I wanted. I took what beersmith gave me for mash and sparge values and halved them but ended up with at least .5 gallons more per batch than I needed.
-I confused pre-boil gravity with original gravity. So when the measured pre-boil gravity was way lower than I thought it should be, I added some DME to bring it up. The end result wasn't bad. I would have needed to add DME anyway.
-First all-grain brews should NOT be imperial IPA's! LOL!  ;D
« Last Edit: February 19, 2012, 08:54:51 PM by ccfoo242 »

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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2012, 10:21:03 PM »
Cant be all bad.... You made Beer.. ;D
Oh and by the way... The Blue thing works... :o
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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2012, 06:15:56 AM »
Yup!

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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2012, 09:31:12 PM »
-First all-grain brews should NOT be imperial IPA's! LOL!  ;D

Go big or go home. The first brew has to be something you want to drink or you won't be as tempted to stick with it. Give it its due time to condition, though, especially since it's high gravity.
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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2012, 09:44:05 PM »
FYI to compensate for the lack of a blue cooler I'm wearing a Pike Brewing Company shirt and listening to old episodes of Brew Strong.

Sounds like you're having fun while making beer.

...and that's what it's all about.  :)
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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2012, 09:51:36 PM »
Sounds like you're having fun while making beer.

...and that's what it's all about.  :)

Yup! It seems to be turning out OK. I took a gravity reading last night and it's close to what beersmith predicted. Tastes decent, too (or rather, it doesn't taste like kerosene or donkey piss).

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Re: Go big or go home!!??
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2012, 07:10:12 PM »
Well, after 6 days in the bottle I couldn't wait any more....

Kicking back, sipping on this beer, very happy with my first all grain brew (and first brew in 10 years!)

It'll be hard to save a couple of bottles for when the real Rogue I2PA comes out in July. I doubt mine is anything like it but after sampling some 12+ types of double IPA's last month I can proudly say mine is better than at least some of them...hehe... 8)

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