Well, completed my first all grain brew! Went pretty well.
Had a few 'ah ha" moments during the process. Several second guess moments and also a first using whirlfloc. That stuff really does a number on the wort!
I brewed a version of NB’s Chinook IPA. MY LHBS didnt have crystal 120 so had to go with crystal 60. Unsure how (if any noticable difference) that will affect the beer in the end.
Another first timer post mentioned one of my ah ha momnets when it came to getting the chilled wort from brew pot to fermenter. I just used my auto siphon until the pot was more managable weight.
I did come up a bit shy in final volume on my main brewpot…almost exactly one gallon. But I did have a “spare” pot boiling off to the side during my boil just in case.
My og was 1.057 which I was pretty happy with considering this was my first AG. I mashed at about 152 - 153 for just over 60 minutes.
I was very surprised how quickly the runoff cleared up during my first runnings. Basically less than a quart and it seemed fine. I ran a total of 3 quarts just to be sure, then slowed the running down quite a bit to fill the brewpot slowly.
Long day but a good one so far! Hope to see bubbles by morning! Cheers!!