At last the temperature in my kitchen has remained below 20C for a week so I reckon today's the day to get my first brew on since the temperatures went up in June. Lots of requests in the big thread for help using the ACE BIAB style so here's my interpretation, I'm not putting it in the big ACE thread because that's so big now it's getting difficult to find stuff. I have the 1600W version. A couple of points about the ACE. No, my ACE, your mileage might vary: - I don't use the temperature control on it, mine's useless, hence the Inkbird. The new models have a nice digital control, no idea how good that is yet. - I don't even trust the timer enough to rely on it, I make sure to have an alternate source of timekeeping. - For brews like this one, with lots of hop pellets, I've given up on the bazooka filter and removed it altogether. Trying a big filter bag as a hop spider today, should improve things. That said I think the ACE is great. it's a great introduction to the hobby and has already made me loads of good quality homebrew. Also those lovely folks at Inkbird have given me a 308S to have a go on so props to the Inkbird folks and I'll be fitting in as much product placement as I can manage on their behalfs. Pale Ale Style TBC [will be a bit hoppy] Recipe Specs ---------------- Batch Size (L): 17.0 Total Grain (kg): 3.513 Total Hops (g): 151.00 Original Gravity (OG): 1.045 (ÃÂ°P): 12.6 Final Gravity (FG): 1.009 (ÃÂ°P): 2.6 Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 4.8 % Colour (SRM): 10.5 (EBC): 19 Bitterness (IBU): 50.3 (Tinseth) Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 70 Boil Time (Minutes): 60 Grain Bill ---------------- 3 kg United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale (85.71%) 0.25 kg United Kingdom - Amber (7.14%) 0.25 kg United Kingdom - Crystal 50L (7.14%) Hop Bill ---------------- 10.0 g Chinook Pellet (13% Alpha) @ 60 Minutes (Boil) (0.7 g/L) 10.0 g Ahtanum Pellet (6% Alpha) @ 30 Minutes (Boil) (0.7 g/L) 10.0 g Ahtanum Pellet (6% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil) (0.7 g/L) 16.0 g Amarillo Pellet (8.6% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil) (1.1 g/L) 15.0 g Cascade Pellet (7% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil) (1 g/L) 12.0 g Chinook Pellet (13% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil) (0.8 g/L) 16.0 g Simcoe Pellet (12.7% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil) (1.1 g/L) 15.0 g Ahtanum Pellet (6% Alpha) @ 0 Days (Dry Hop) (1 g/L) 16.0 g Amarillo Pellet (8.6% Alpha) @ 0 Days (Dry Hop) (1.1 g/L) 15.0 g Cascade Pellet (7% Alpha) @ 0 Days (Dry Hop) (1 g/L) 16.0 g Simcoe Pellet (12.7% Alpha) @ 0 Days (Dry Hop) (1.1 g/L) Misc Bill ---------------- Single step Infusion at 67ÃÂ°C for 60 Minutes. Fermented at 19ÃÂ°C with Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 Recipe Generated with Brewer's Friend, it's pretty cool, go get it is my advice. Before: Aiming for a 15L batch so I've started by chucking 20L of cold water in there. Time to go do some chores while I wait for the Inkbird to let me know when 69 degrees has arrived. [The eagle eyed will see that the display says 59, don't worry chaps that was just a random entry, it's fixed now] =============================================== Alarm's just gone off, took about 40 minutes to get tap water from @ 15C up to 69C. It's a nice loud alarm too, you really can wander off and do something random, you'll easy hear it from another room or over the telly or something. False bottom was already in place, so first goes the bag then the 3.5kg grain bill, stirred not shaken. Mashed in 3.5kg of grain, temperature shows 67-ish, about right. Note the big spoon, if you're stuck for ideas it's this one: perfect size, when you drop it in the handle is level with the top of the boiler, so no worries about losing it in the boil somewhere. 18" it says in the ad so I guess that's the minimum size stirrer to aim for. Gave it a bit of a stir after 30 mins. Inkbird says 66.8, it's lost about 0.5C in half an hour. That's with the lid not even seated properly to let the temp sensor probe in. Will have ended up doing the whole hour between 66 and 67 so that's ok. 60 minute mash time is up. Inkbird shows a final temperature of 66.5C. The ACE insulation is pretty good, less than one degree lost across an hour, with the lid not even on properly, in a kitchen with ambient temp below 20C.