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Old 17-02-2015, 01:03 PM   #11
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@ clibit, no I don't, nor do I fancy a saag aloo pale ale
@ cwrw, vertical brewing. Interesting idea, could work. Might have to do some load bearing tests first!

Anyway have checked out the costs involved and you're right it's cheaper than chips. Got some fuggles hops already which I never got round to using, so just need grain and yeast and bobs my uncle.
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Old 20-02-2015, 07:20 AM   #12
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so I am going to give this a go this weekend.

i've got 2kg of Maris Otter and a bag of Cascade. I'm going to double up for 10L
but one point - I have a 20L pan. Will heat loss be more of an issue with the larger air space above the 6L+grain for the mash?
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Old 20-02-2015, 08:21 AM   #13
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Heat loss , and evaporation, vary from one pan/heat source to the next. Just wrap it up well, keep it on the stove which will stay warm for a while. Aim for 68 as your mash temp and it shouldn't drop below 63 ish on an hour, I was amazed how well it keeps its heat. It shouldnt drop more than 3C I reckon, and hopefully less.

Fancy brew kettles have sight glasses so you can see the quantity of wort in them throughout. I just estimate, but I should have made a stick with litre marks on it to dip in, so I can keep a check, and top up as required. I often have to top up a bit in the FV with cold water.
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Old 20-02-2015, 08:38 AM   #14
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Wow, thanks for posting this. I've been brewing 3.5 years and have resisted AG due to the time and amount of kit involved, but this has given me the urge to give it a go at small volumes.
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Old 20-02-2015, 11:38 AM   #15
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Could someone recommend a thermometer that can stay in the pan while heating and while mashing?

Could I boil the water in the kettle and then add to the pan. Then once cooled to the correct temp add the grain?

I love how this has been made simple for the simple/new brewer!
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Old 20-02-2015, 12:41 PM   #16
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Yes you could boil water in your kettle, you just need the right mash temperature. It's really pretty simple making beer, it's made complicated by fancy equipment and loads of jargon I guess.
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Old 21-02-2015, 08:53 PM   #17
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I've done kits and a few extracts and definitely need to get onto this. Next time I have a few days at home I might do a different one each day so I can do a mega bottling session at once. Need to check what malt my local health/hb shop has as I already have 1kg or random hops.
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Old 22-02-2015, 08:27 PM   #18
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Am I right in thinking I can just quarter most AG 20L recipes and use your method clibit? I assume high gravity beers would need some amending or could they be done this way too?

I have an 11L pot so 5L in the FV is probably a realistic aim.
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Yes you can divide recipes. If you divide any recipe ingredients by the number of litres the recipe makes, and multiply by the number of litres you want to make, it works.

For example, a recipe for 19 litres may call for 4200g of pale malt and 200g of Crystal. You may want to make 7 litres, so...

Divide 4200 by 19 = 221g
Multiply 221 by 7 = 1547g pale malt

Divide 200g by 19 = 10.5g
Multiply 10.5 by 7 = 73.5g Crystal

Same with the hops.
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Old 22-02-2015, 09:11 PM   #20
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Ok cool, got that worked out, the mash volumes, are they worked out similarly and are they usually stated the same as the hops and grains? Sorry for being incredibly lazy as I could find it out myself I'm sure!!!
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