If you're wondering how it turned out, here's what I have to report.
The beer itself is pretty cloudy. Probably a lot of that is due to large amount of hops that I ended up with in the primary. I didn't think too much about that when I was preparing my tools and so I wasn't really ready when it came time to put it into the primary.
The beer tastes pretty good. Surprisingly bitter given the hops (1.5 oz of EKG at 60 mins for bittering). Also, the beer seems quite thin. If I had to guess why, I'd suggest that my mashing temp was probably lower than I thought and I have decided not to use the thermometer that I used with this batch again. I'm guessing that if I can get up to 152/153 with the next brew it may be better (lower temp gives more attenuation doesn't it?
). Also, I am going to up the crystal slightly and drop the EKG volume at 60 mins.
Despite these little glitches, it tastes pretty darn good to me even though it's not gonna win any contests. It's been a dream of mine for almost 20 years to get to all grain brewing and no that I've tried it, I'm hooked.
Thanks once again for all the advice and support along the way. Especially to Euge, Denny and Tschmidlin. Really appreciate the advice.