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cossie.j

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Well a small introduction here. I’ve been making kit beers for the last year, all of which have been the standard extract cans. Done some very successful brews and some not so!! The bug of home brewing has got me although overall I’m happy with the kits I’ve brewed, (coopers) seemed to all come out very well to be honest and the festival kits too. I just wanted to move up so to speak, so BIAB seemed to be the way i wanted to go? But space is very limited at home, so..... i went all out and bought myself a grainfather brewing machine with everything included to start my all gran journey. Now I’m desperate to get this up and running and brew some nice beers, without trying to over complicate things so I’ll be doing a lot of research from this forum to help pave the way. I like simple beers, stout, pale ales and not into really hoppy beers so I’m hoping I’ll get my first couple of basic beers on the go rather soon thanks guys
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Hi and welcome, going off my own exspiriences I would buy a 25kg sack of maris otter or pale malt and do some smash's single malt and single hops keep it nice and simple, the advantage is you get to taste different hops on their own, a 25kg sack should do 5 or 6 brews easy depending on abv you can add other grains if you like, just take your time and enjoy ag brewing is great acheers.
 

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That was my exact thinking. Keep it simple and brew some great beers ; ) but obviously in the near future I’ll experiment a little more? Definitely would love try a good stout and I’m happy with 4% abv or below?. I’ve seen on various websites you can buy the (recipe packs) which contain everything needed so to minimise waste and more importantly space, granted these are more expensive! But for my first couple or so they’ll suite me until i find my feet. It’s looking like my 3 cornie kegs just aren’t going to be enough? Haha thanks for the tips all the same
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum. Great advice for starting AG though before you do an AG kit run your equipment on a dry run using water only so as to give yourself an idea of losses for boil off and dead space as your will be same weight for liquid loss which is a litre for kilo of grain and shall get yourself familiar with your equipment come brew day...
 

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Thanks gerryjo.
As it so happens, i did buy a stout recipe kit when i bought the grainfather from the shop. I managed to get it all brewed today, and I’m surprised at how easily it went to be honest, i hit all the targets and was hoping to end up with a final gravity of 1.041? But ended up with 1.050!. So all in all it was a good practice
 

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