I am planning my first all grain adventure next weekend.
I have the all grain set up from NB with 10 gal coolers. Since my city water comes from 5 different sources and can then be mixed with another municipal supply we decided to just get 8 gallons of Poland spring water which has the characteristics posted. So I have the additives to bring everything into a good mid range. Not trying to do anything fancy with the water this time.
I am trying to think through my process.....I am thinking:
1. Put the 8 gallons of spring water into the sparge cooler and treat with necessary additives.
Put the required amount of mash water from this sparge cooler into my pot and heat to the prescribed temp.
Pour heated water into the mash tun then slowly pour my 12 lb of grain into the tun while slowly stirring .
Monitor temp and adjust if needed to reach desired mash temp , then seal it up and stir and temp check each 15 min. I also ordered a ph meter and will research when to check ph and what to do if I need to adjust or stabilize it.
Maybe 15 min from end of mash transfer remaining water from sparge cooler into pot and heat to sparge temp. ( perhaps take some warmer water first for a 10 min mash out ?) .
Then begin sparge / slow flow into my 10 gal brew pot.
Beer smith is calculating a 7.25 gal pre boil level. I really don't know what my boil off rate is, seems like a lot of wort for a 60 min boil but maybe not..... I just want to have good beer and not dilute too much with too much sparging..... It's 12 lb of grain, is there a limit to what a reasonable pre boil level can be? I'd rather have less good tasting beer than more not so good brew.....
I was planning on stirring my mash with my long handle stainless brew spoon, I see there are also " mash paddles " with holes etc. yes everything is just another 50 bucks..... Then 50 more........ Just not sure if it's worth it or not for stirring the mash ?
Sorry for the long winded post.
Any hints, suggestions and words of wisdom are welcome and appreciated !