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Offline hd3

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First All-Grain - Overall success.
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:50:12 PM »
Just wanted to share the news with everyone...as I am really excited.  I brewed my first all grain batch yesterday.

Things with rather smooth. I did some planning the night before and mashed-in at 5am (I was excited to get started).  I batch sparged and things went as planned.  Hit temps for the most part (some hot water here and some extra stirring there).

Couple of things I learned.  I was aiming for roughly 7 gallons of wort and ended up with 6.  Not ideal so I need to adjust for water absorption.  After boil I ended up with 5 gallons which wasn't ideal. 

I also broke my hydrometer by backing into the table during sparge which I was rather bummed about because I couldn't check efficiency or OG. 

Also did my first yeast starter and all went as planned.  Yeast took off in 5 hours and it is now fermenting like crazy.

Oh well...I wasn't fazed as I was too excited about my first all-grain brew day. 

Big shout out to all of you for the help and encouragement along the way and Denny for his advice and write up on batch sparging. 

Oh...I brewed a Pale Ale. 

Thanks for reading.
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2013, 02:57:05 PM »
Excellent! My only suggestion for next time is to wait until 8ish before you mash in  :P
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2013, 02:57:31 PM »
Congrats !  It's a great feeling. It only gets better.
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2013, 02:58:25 PM »
And work on those volumes  :) !
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2013, 03:09:47 PM »
Cheers!
As you move forward everything will get easier:)
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2013, 04:55:42 PM »
Excellent! My only suggestion for next time is to wait until 8ish before you mash in  :P
Whippersnapper, by then you've already missed the best part of the day! ;)

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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 06:42:53 AM »
If you're a gallon short your beer is probably higher gravity than expected. You can roll with what you have or add the extra gallon post-fermentation.
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2013, 06:51:38 AM »
Cheers!
As you move forward everything will get easier:)
Unless he starts to do triple decoctions.  8)
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2013, 06:28:55 AM »
Congrats!
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2013, 03:24:57 PM »
nice work! let us know how it turns out!
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Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2013, 04:11:04 AM »
congrats

I've started early but you have me beat there.

That sucks about your hydrometer but at least it wasnt broke in the beer.