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BugAC
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Homebrewing: Brewing in process thread (with pics)

Brewing my pale ale today. Taking pictures as i go, i'll post them later.

Question, what does a longer mash time do? Convert more starches to sugars?
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Question, what does a longer mash time do? Convert more starches to sugars?


Single infusion mash? Not much. You might gain a few more points, but generally not worth it.


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About to mash in on a Black IPA....


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Just mashed in. Had to add a gallon of hot water to get my temps up. Standing at 152.


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Cold equipment?



BugAC
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I think the grains were a little colder than normal. Equipment was good. I boil about 2 gallons before i start my mash water and let it sit in my cooler.

I think just the temps outside. Every other time i've brewed its usually around 80 to 85 degrees.


BugAC
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Oh, and before i used to add the grains then the water. But this time i added water then the grains.


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I think just the temps outside. Every other time i've brewed its usually around 80 to 85 degrees.



I've got the correct grain and equipment temp in beersmith and I'm telling it to adjust for that. Water is too hot at the moment but we'll see how well beersmith calculates for it in a second.


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Brewing a Simcoe pale ale

Steeping my grains now


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My first brew was a huge success...brewing my first IPA next weekend.

Good luck on the brews


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BugAC
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I've got the correct grain and equipment temp in beersmith and I'm telling it to adjust for that. Water is too hot at the moment but we'll see how well beersmith calculates for it in a second.



Using beersmith too. I forgot to input grain temps. Too busy thinking of other shite i'm thinking.

And too hungover to have a beer at the moment.


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Really considering trying to do a homebrew....how much did it cost yall to get started? And how much do you yield per brew (# of bottles)?


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My first brew was a huge success...brewing my first IPA next weekend.



Congrats!


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Using beersmith too. I forgot to input grain temps. Too busy thinking of other shite i'm thinking.



Still missed it by 2F. Adding 1 qt boiling water now...


ETA: frick it 150 will do just fine...
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Really considering trying to do a homebrew....how much did it cost yall to get started? And how much do you yield per brew (# of bottles)?


I think you can get started for about $75-$100. Usual batch size is about 5 gallons, or around 50 bottles of beer. It will be a hobby, not a cost saving endeavor.


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It can cost as little or as much as you want

Austin Homebrew Supply has some nice starter kits that can get you going, and they generally get you your stuff in just a couple days with flat rate shipping.

I'm using 5 gallon carboy a for now, so I usually end up with 20-24 bombers. I'm gonna use my bucket for the primary today to make sure I can get 5 gallons in the secondary this time
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BugAC
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Really considering trying to do a homebrew....how much did it cost yall to get started? And how much do you yield per brew (# of bottles)?



You can get started for as little as $100. You can also spend thousands on it. It's a hobby i love, so i don't mind splurging here and there for new equipment.

A recipe typically costs between 35-50 depending on what your brewing. And you get about 5 gallons, which should yield about 50 12 oz. bottles. However i typically never get above 45 bottles.


BugAC
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Heating up sparge water to fly sparge in a few minutes. 10 minutes left to mash.


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Heating up sparge water to fly sparge in a few minutes. 10 minutes left to mash.



Heating up Sparge water to Batch Sparge in 35 minutes...


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I will recommend this though: don't go cheap if you think it's something you'll really like, or you will just end up spending more to replace and upgrade later. Get a boil pot much bigger than you think you'll need. I use a cut open keg with a drain valve added. I've only done 5 gallon batches but could do 10 easily without worrying about boiling over.

And don't be intimidated by the all-grain technical talk. Start with extract, and you can make plenty of tasty beer


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I so want to take up home brewing but just don't have the time to do it right. I live vicariously through you bros


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