Taking the AG plunge at last...

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    SteBeardface

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    Finally biting the bullet after a few kit brews and messing with TC's and got myself some ingredients to attempt my first AG!

    I was messing around with the Wort app last night to come up with my recipe, and here it is -

    5 Gal batch

    Malt - 6kg Pale Ale Malt - Mash 60 min @ 68-69 °C

    Boil - 60 min
    10 g Citra (13.4% AA) - 60 min (18.2 IBU)
    15 g Citra (13.4% AA) - 15 min (7.3 IBU)
    20 g Citra (13.4% AA) - Flame-out
    (There's loads left for a dry hop, but I think I'll keep it simple for now)

    Yeast - Safale S-04

    I got the Citra hops cheap as they're 2015 harvest and the malt was just as cheap. I wanted to start at a 1 gal batch, but my equipment is a bit big for it, so I thought bugger it and go all out! I'm gonna try fly sparging after seeing some NZ guy on YouTube use jugs and some holey tin foil to fly sparge, figured it'd be quicker than a batch sparge.

    This is only a trial for me so I can get the basics of the process in my head for future brews, but I thought I'd get some opinions on the recipe before I get cracking with it this weekend. Also, any advice would be welcome!

    Cheers guys!
     
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    Hi!
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    Recipe look ok, its good to keep it nice and simple to start with. My only advice would be to take notes of everything you do, timings, temps etc. It helps with improving for the next brew and helps to understand your equipment setup etc. I'm nearly 30 brews in and I still make detailed notes to help with future brews.
     
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    Should be good. I did a SMASH as my first AG and the end beer was great.

    I would possibly just add a touch more bittering hop if it was me.

    What equipment/method are you going for? If BIAB you might prefer a cold water sparge as it will be a little easier on the hands.
     
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    The overall IBU's are very low. Depending on how bitter you want it (IPA level?, English Bitter level?) you'll need more bittering hops
     
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    I picked the Blonde Ale in Wort, it's style guidelines put 28 IBUs as the high end for this style, so I thought the 25-26 IBUs I should get would be ok. However, as it is my first AG, I plugged in a 60% efficiency to be safe, with and estimated OG of 1.046, so I can understand why you think the IBUs are a little low.

    I have 2 20L tea urns, 1 with insulation for the mash tun, the other the HLT. Then a large tea urn (at least 30L) for the boil. I wasn't going to bother with BIAB for effinciency reasons, but I'm wondering if I'll need a false bottom or something to prevent the tap from blocking up?
     

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