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my first all grain beer

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:12 pm
by Frankenbrew
I just did my first all grain beer and I got about 60-65% efficiency. That's a success for me on my first one. I'll bring some to the next meeting if it's good. I used the rest of the grains I had left over from last year and am looking to get a sack now. I'm thinking of pale ale grains or maybe a grain that comes out red in the finished beer.

This is the current fermenting beer. It's a crazy random mix.

#10 All Grain Mixup

Batch size: 3.0 gal
Boil volume: 3.5 gal
OG: 1.114
FG: 1.028
Bitterness (IBU): 48.1
Color (SRM): 41.3
ABV: 11.2%

[Grains]
Vienna (German) 1.630lb Grain 12.5%
Pilsener (German) 1.520lb Grain 11.6%
Brown Sugar, Light 1.500lb Sugar 11.5%
CaraMunich 1.150lb Grain 8.8%
Cane Sugar 1.050lb Sugar 8.0%
Crystal 120L 1.030lb Grain 7.9%
Amber Malt 1.000lb Grain 7.7%
Weyermann Pale Ale Malt 0.960lb Grain 7.4%
Crystal 135-165L (British) 0.760lb Grain 5.8%
Maris Otter Malt 0.530lb Grain 4.1%
CaraPils 0.500lb Grain 3.8%
Weyermann Light Munich 0.500lb Grain 3.8%
Abbey 0.470lb Grain 3.6%
Weyermann Dark Munich 0.460lb Grain 3.5%

[Hops]
Magnum 0.40oz 12.0% AA Pellet @ 30 min, 13.8 IBU
Sorachi 1.00oz 5.0% AA Pellet @ 25 min, 13.0 IBU
Liberty 0.80oz 2.7% AA Pellet @ 20 min, 4.9 IBU
Cascade 0.40oz 6.6% AA Pellet @ 15 min, 4.9 IBU
Northern Brewer 1.20oz 7.0% AA Pellet @ 10 min, 11.4 IBU

[Yeast/Other]
dry ale yeast.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:14 am
by yeastmeister
Wow! A true FrankenBier!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:10 am
by aleguy
That efficiency seems really low. We need to look at your system and see if we can't getbyou up around 80%.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:46 pm
by Frankenbrew
It was so low because I didn't have a system. I did not have a grain mil or a system with a false bottom. What I did was chopped up all the grain in a coffee grinder. Got some water in a pot on a stove to 175 then turned the heat off and added the grains. It stayed around 160-165 for 45 min. I then got a 5gallon bucket and put a strainer on top of it and poured in the contents slowly. When it filled up I poured some water I had heated up over it for a kind of sparging processes. Threw those grains away when it drained off and continued until the pot was empty. I measured the water putting into the bucket to come out to 3.5 gallons. Cleaned out my pot and started boiling like normal. 60 min boil (high harsh boil) I wanted to see if I could caramelize it on a stove. That yielded 3 gallons after the boil exactly. I'm lucky I got 60-65% efficiency with no system.

Next meeting I will be looking for a mil and a false bottom system for 3 to 5 gallon batches.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:48 pm
by yeastmeister
Well, there's your problem. I'm surprised you got 60%. 168 F is the temperature to denature the enzymes and stop all conversion. You should have been shooting for somewhere in the 148 to 158 range. Hopefully your thermometer was off, and you were actually in that range. While the enzymes will work higher than 158, they start producing more unfermentable sugars. I'd expect that you will wind up with a very sweet beer.

But I can say that we look forward to trying it!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:42 pm
by Frankenbrew
The weird thing about it was I got a lower gravity reading from my wort before I boiled it. It went from 1.060-1.070 before boil and 1.114 after boil. Maybe it was the corn and Brown sugar I put in at that time but I don't know. This was my first all grain and the first time I took a reading before the boil. I don't see how the amount I put in would affect it that much.

As for the final gravity the furmentor is slowing down on day 2 and the gravity is at 1.032 so I think it will get down to 1.025 or close to it.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:01 pm
by Frankenbrew
I think tomorrow I will move this over to 3 separate 1gallon jugs and dry hop them. I tasted the gravity reading and it could use some more aromas to balance the alcohol. Maybe I'll put oak chips in one of them.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:34 pm
by alms66
Your pre-boil gravity should be lower than your post-boil gravity - you've just evaporated some of the water and concentrated the sugar in the wort - it's not weird, that always happens...

As for this beer - I probably wouldn't even try to drink that, I'd blend that with another beer (mashed at more typical temps) to make it more palatable.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:44 pm
by Frankenbrew
Well I'm gonna try it first. You don't put pepper and spices on a food that's servers to you until you taste it first. If it's too intense I can blend it as a last resort. Carbonation, I'v noticed helps the beer out a lot. You can't really judge it until its carbonated.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:28 am
by aleguy
I think your final gravity is within the correct range. The sugar probably dried it out. The corn likely did nothing since it needs to go into the mash so the barley enzymes can convert it. As far as a mill is concerned, Marcello's has one you can use. Just mill your grain the day before and keep it in an airtight container.
A mash tun is easy. We can build you one of those for $10 or less if you want to stick with five-gallon or smaller batches. Though it might be better to spend a bit more and build one that can handle ten gallons or really big barley wines. Your choice.
I strongly recommend you borrow both papazian's joy of home brewing and palmer's how to brew from the club library. In the mean time, ifball you want is a working mash tun for dirt cheap, pick up a couple of 5-gallon paint buckets from home depot. And a lid. Get a bottling bucket spigot and about six feet of 1/4" tubing from Marcellos. I can help you build a mash tunnwith that in about ten minutes.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:33 am
by aleguy
If you want a better mash tun and are willing to spend more money, get a 48 quart rubbermaid picnic cooler with a drain valve and we can help you go from there. Decide whether you want to use braided stainless hose or slotted copper or cpvc pipe to filter your wort. You will need a ball valve and some othe items too. The bucket system is fast, easy and cheap. But you will need to wrap it in towels or a blanket to keep the heat in.
Actually, i have plenty of buckets on hand, if you want to go that route, PM me and I can build one for you today if you want to come get it. Just replace the buckets at some point. Though you will still need to buy a bottling spigot and tubing.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:07 am
by Frankenbrew
I'm bringing some of this to the meeting today. What nickname was it that I got? was "Frankenbrew" it.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:14 am
by aleguy
That was what one of the newer members decided he was going to call you. You both need better screen names than you currently have, though. Pick one and change it.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:41 am
by Frankenbrew
Looks like all my old posts changed with my username change. So there won't be any confusion if you want to change your usernames people.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:17 am
by Frankenbrew
My 3 week storage in room tem is over and carbonated. Should I put it in my fridge for the next 5 months or in my fridge?