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Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby MattSR » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:45 am

Hi All,

After setting up and preparing my 50L Braumeister that I purchased last year, I have finally gotten to run it in anger.

First brew was the IPA recipe on the Speidel site, which uses 11KG of grain. One thing that caught me by surprise was that they said "55L plus sparing water" but they didn't detail the sparge water amount or method. Since it was a first brew, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible so I opted out of the sparge step. Recipe is here:- http://www.speidels-braumeister.de/ipa-recipe.html

In the end I yielded 44 litres of wort into the fermenter and the O.G. was 1.047, only one point off the 1.048 that the recipe suggests is the target. The problem is that the recipe says 52L at 1.048 but I only yielded 44L at 1.047. I guess the sparge step would help with this, and would probably give me the correct final volume too.. What do you guys think?

Still getting used to brewing and noting the numbers, I'm hoping that with some practice I can whip some beautiful, repeatable consistent beers!

Love the Braumeister - it made it a whole lot of fun and I can't wait to brew some more!

Cheers,
Matt
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby MattSR » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:46 am

Oh and I just forgot to add - when I tipped the spent grain out, I noted most of it was dark in colour, but there were several clumps which were a lighter colour inside which I suspect contain some extra starch/sugar/enzyme that I missed out on. Next time I'll be sure to pause the brew, remove to top plate, and used my large wooden paddle to mix up the mash a bit.
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby airborn » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:38 pm

Hi there
I'm a newbee too
I think of trying to mix the grain like this guy in the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E4cSKMpFO4
looks effective.
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby cpa4ny » Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:22 am

Thanks for sharing - however, @ 12P (1.048) OG - I surprised they are calling it an IPA.

Looks much more like an American Pale Ale.
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby MattSR » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:21 am

Yes, a very hoppy one at that!

Now that the brew has been on the keg and in the fridge for 2 weeks now, I can report that it's quite a drinkable beer, but a bit unbalanced as it is overhopped for the amount of malt that went in.

On the whole, I'm quite happy with the brew, the temperature control and recirculation that the Braumeister provides is very effective, this beer has cleared up and is one of the 'cleanest' tasting beers I've made. I can't wait to try some more beers - including some heavier ones like Imperial Stouts and some nice light lagers..

Cheers,
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby MattSR » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:29 am

Thanks for the link!! I think I will try the same thing. It looks like a paint stirrer and I reckon it would be perfect from breaking up any clumps!

Shortcut to video at the correct time:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E4cSKMpFO4&t=325



airborn wrote:Hi there
I'm a newbee too
I think of trying to mix the grain like this guy in the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E4cSKMpFO4
looks effective.
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby dinnerstick » Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:27 am

wow! isn't that a plaster mixer? i think i have one of those! cool idea.
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby BrauTim » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:59 pm

I use a paddle mixer to aerate my wort for fermentation but hadn't thought of using it in the malt pipe - good find :beerbang:
To brew or not to brew, that would be a stupid question !
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby MattSR » Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:51 am

In Australia, I got this at the local Bunnings for $17. It had a special chuck fitting on it that I hacksawed off and it fitted my drill perfectly.

Can't wait to try it and see how it affects my efficiency!!

Cheers,
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby ibbones » Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:11 pm

MattSR wrote:In Australia, I got this at the local Bunnings for $17. It had a special chuck fitting on it that I hacksawed off and it fitted my drill perfectly.

Can't wait to try it and see how it affects my efficiency!!

Cheers,
Matt

MattSR, I am waiting to hear how you like it. I have thought about the same thing. :cheers:
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby BrauTim » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:43 pm

I did this last night, very good method and I will be using it again. I had a pretty full small malt pipe with 6.4Kg of grain in there and the paddle just munched through the malt far better than I could stir it.
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby HopSong » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:56 pm

Is that stainless or just plain steel..???
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby MattSR » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:12 am

From the webpage:- http://www.bunnings.com.au/craftright-1 ... 0_p6370498

It's zinc plated steel - which I believe is perfectly food safe.

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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby HopSong » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:19 am

zinc is considered food safe.. EXCEPT when it comes in contact with acidic liquids.. Then it gives off salts that are readily absorbed into the body and can create mild sickness.. so I read.
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Re: Yet another first Brewday

Unread postby MattSR » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:02 am

Yep and I don't think that will be a problem in this application...
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