So I plan on going all-grain in the next month or so and started to do a bunch of research. I really like to get an idea of what I’m going to do well before I do it so I can hopefully flush out any questions that might come up during the process beforehand.
I read through How to Brew for a second time and read through Denny’s page a few times as well. Here are the steps with intermittent questions throughout (in blue). Please let me know if I’m skipping anything or am doing anything completely wrong. These steps are modeled after Denny’s batch sparge method.
collecting a total of 6.5 gallons pre-boil
1 )heat 3.25 gallons of water to 160 degrees
2 )add 3.25 gallons of 160 desgree water and add then grains
- [color=#0000FF]-when do I add my water adjustment additives?
-I've read that preheating the mash tun if very useful here. What temp should I use for preheating and should I just heat extra strike water for this?[/color]
- -what temp am i shooting for here? BrewSmith2 recommends 168 but I have no idea why
- -whats the temp of this water?
-do i take this from my sparge water?
-Should this water have additives for flavor or ph?
- -I assume its probably best to let this cool closer to room temp so I don't have to adjust for temp
-What do I do if gravity is too low? Add DME at the end of the boil to compensate?