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New to all grain

Postby canman » Sun Dec 29, 2002 5:50 pm

Hey Folks; I am presently building an all grain system (3 teir gravity fed) all I need now is my kettles. I'm looking for ideas for a first brew. Something simple so I can enjoy the first time with not too much hassle. Any ideas?? Thanks
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Easy Peasy

Postby Popsicle » Sun Dec 29, 2002 6:53 pm

Other than a handful of styles (I.e.: wheat beers or any Lambic/Belgian soured ales) they're all relatively the same. Wheat can be problematic if the rate of sparge isn't slowed way down or add rice hulls. High-gravity brews can sometimes require a little finesse with the deep grain bed. Hey, throw caution to the wind! Decide what you like to drink and brew it! (Of course if I were you, I'd start early in the day and have nothing else planned! Just kidding, you'll do just fine.)
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Three tier system

Postby jeff » Mon Dec 30, 2002 6:48 am

I just finished building a three tier system too! I used three 8 gallon stainless steel turkey friers which came complete with burners. The scariest part was drilling the holes in the bottom of my shiny new kettles! On its maiden voyage, I tried the system out on a Blond Ale. Kept the recipe simple so I could concentrate on the process. I wanted to collect 6 gallons so I would end up with 5 gallons after siphoning the wort off the trub and siphoning from the primary to the secondary. My recipe included 11.5 pounds of American 2-row, 1 pound of Vienna and 1 pound of flaked rice. The original gravity was at 1.060 when the yeast was pitched (I wanted it on the strong side). I used 3/4 of an ounce of North Down hops at 7.4% AA for 60 minutes. It is bubbling away as I type and all indications suggest that this will be a great beer. I tasted the wort before fermentation and it had a very clean taste. I have tasted some batches at this stage which were not nearly as pleasant.
I think it is a good idea to make the first batch simple, but definitely something that you will enjoy. Thus you can familiarize yourself with the system and find your rhythm.
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Which ever you choose stick with single step mash

Postby Team Beer » Mon Dec 30, 2002 9:43 am

My first all grain batch was a stout. My thought was a single step mash so I could concentrate on the system and a beer dark enough to hide any possible imperfections ( clarity, minor off flavors etc. ) but still be able to be proud enough to serve friends, say hey this was my 1st all grain batch. Good Luck !!!
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