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Simple First All Grain

188 calories 19 carbs
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Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: American Brown Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 3.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 4.5 gallons
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)
Calories: 188 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 19 g (Per 12oz)
Created Sunday January 8th 2012
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
6 lb 2-Row Malt6 lb 2-Row Malt 36 2 75%
2 lb American Crystal 60L2 lb American Crystal 60L 34 60 25%
8 lb Total      
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz Fuggle (U.K.)1 oz Fuggle (U.K.) Hops Pellet 4.75 Boil 60 min 44.4%
0.25 oz Northern Brewer (U.S.)0.25 oz Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Pellet 9.4 Boil 30 min 11.1%
1 oz Fuggle (U.K.)1 oz Fuggle (U.K.) Hops Pellet 4.8 Boil 10 min 44.4%
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
gal Conversion/Saccharification Rest (153°F) Infusion 153 °F 60 min
3 gal Sparge Infusion 170 °F 60 min
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
0.25 lb Irish Moss 15 Min. Other Boil 1 hr.
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
59 - 75 °F
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Quick Water Requirements
Water Gallons  Quarts
Total mash water needed 6.33 25.3  
Strike water volume at mash thickness of 1.5 qt/lb 3 12  
Remaining sparge water volume 3.33 13.3  
Grain absorption losses -1 -4  
Mash Lauter Tun dead space -0.25 -1  
Amount going into kettle 5.08 20.3  
Boil off losses -1.5 -6  
Hops absorption losses -0.08 -0.3  
Amount going into fermentor 3.5 14  
Total: 6.33 25.3

I've been sad that I couldn't do all grain because I only have a 5 gal pot. Then I realized that I can absolutely do a smaller batch to get my feet wet until I can afford that big brew kettle. So I built the mash tun and made an immersion chiller while I was at it. I created the recipe using Brewtarget and scaled for the 4.5 gal maximum I could boil.

Anyway, this is what I came up with for my first all grain brew. I wanted to keep it simple and basic. We'll see how it tastes and then work on repeating it. Once I can repeat it well I will begin with simple modifications. Then I will take over the world.....or just drink beer.

So far I've learned a lot. The mash process was fun and interesting. I will be working on reducing liquid loss in the tun for sure.

Fermentation just didn't seem to be happening. The yeast packet says to just sprinkle on the wort. Instead I took about a third of the packet and stirred it in, sprinkled the rest on top. Wort was at 73, right in the range the yeast had called for. Nothing.

By Tuesday I decided to buy another packet of yeast. Sprinkled all on top. Two more days of nothing.

Then I brought the fermenter in to the kitchen. Within 30 minutes the airlock was speaking to me. Within two hours it was speaking loudly. It seems that this yeast doesn't like the cold of the 56
beer closet. The kitchen is always either 68 or 62 (programmable thermostat for the house) and it likes this much better.

So now that I have a 10 gallon pot and grain mill on order, I know what the next area of focus will be. It's time to start thinking about temperature control. I want to do it as green a possible. Insulation. Digital temperature monitoring and control using the Arduino. Could be fun.

Update: A week after bottling we tried two of these. The beer is amazingly clear with a color that is a very dark amber, not quite brown. There is a very fruity smell. Unfortunately they both tasted like vinegar. I'm not sure the cause, maybe sanitation. Maybe too high of fermentation temp? Maybe I got overanxious and overpitched the yeast? I'm thinking that it had something to do with the point at which I added that second packet of yeast and that the vigorous fermentation could have been a clue that something went wrong.

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