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Post by mthanry » 2 years ago

Hi,

On Feb 14th, I decided to do my fist all-grain. I initially wanted to do the Ruabeoir but Ididn't have any Pale Crystal so I replaced it with some Crystal 120L and I had a pack of Safale S-04 lying around and decided to use it and used Irish moss instead of Whirlfloc… It's all about experimenting as well, right?

My setup to prevent the bag from burning: Image All set to add the grain: Image STC-1000 says it's time! Image No dough ball… smells nice: Image Rolling boil: Image Time to hop in: Image A bit short on OG: Image I aimed at doing about 24 pints VIP batch to use up exaclty the 3 kg of Pale Ale Malt I had.

No problem during the brewing process. My OG was slightly short (I was expecting more around 1.054 OG). Pitched the yeast.

The estimated EOBV-A was 15.37 litres, y actual EOBV-A was 15.38 litres :thumbs:

I may habe been a bit too cautious (or still need to adjust my equipment parameters) regarding how much trub to leave behing because I had an actual 13 litres sharp VIF instead of the estimated 13.85 litres.

Since I only had a coopers FV available, I used it but with no chance to monitor the bubbling. A bit of floculation was visible after 12 hours but saw barely any foam from active fermentation.

Gravity after a 7 days (Feb 21st) was at 1.016, gravity after another 7 days (Feb 28th) was 1.012. So it's going down nicely but slowly. It's the first time I use that yeast so I'm not sure how it usually behaves…

It's a long wait… my stock of homebrew is down to 0…
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Post by thughes » 2 years ago

Great job posting up the pictorial! Safale-04 can use a bit of shaking up once in a while, don't be afraid to give the FV a rousting up to help the yeast finish. Enjoy, and get to brewing again asap to build that pipeline.

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Post by Mad_Scientist » 2 years ago

Welcome to the forum ! :peace: love seeing your pictures.

Is that a Peco Electrim? Is that a mod you did to the controller?

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Post by mthanry » 2 years ago

Thanks for the advice Todd. I'll give it a try.

MS: yes it is a peco electrim standard not digital. I use an stc-1000 thermostat to control the temperature (once reached I set the kettle to 4 and let the stc do its job). Temperature remained within 2 degrees during mashing.


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Post by Lars » 2 years ago

Congrats Mthanry! How are u maintaining mash temp? I dont see any lagging. What part of the world are u in?


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Post by mthanry » 2 years ago

Hi Lars,

In Scotland :thumbs:

The temperature is maintained by the STC-1000 (in the wooden box) which sensor dips in the kettle.

I may mod the kettle to bypass its own thermostat.


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Post by Lars » 2 years ago

Welcome Mthanry! Were nearly neighbours☺ do you u keep the element plugged in during mash then? Youd be better off just lagging your boiler


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Post by alanem » 2 years ago

I am intrigued with the use of an stc-1000 thermostat for your mash temps.
Do you have a special probe fitted for it to sit in the mash water or do you have a thermowell sort of setup ?
I Have 4 thermometers with all different readings and never thought of using my STC-1000 for that purpose.
Hmmmm :interesting: you have me thinking now....would accuracy be a problem in any way?

Welcome on board Mthanry and great post with great pics
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Post by Lars » 2 years ago

Hi alanhem. I use the stc to hit mash temp by just dropping the probe straight in. My probe is encased in rubber. However when i hit temp, i unplug power and lag. I leave the probe in just as a digital thermometer


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Post by PistolPatch » 2 years ago

Great thread mthanry and I enjoyed reading it :peace:. Here's my thoughts (includes praise and some suggestions)...

Nice simple set-up. This is very good. So often, brewers make their equipment far more complex than it needs to be. (thughes can tell you stories on that.)

I am worried that you are relying on one 'thermometer'. Even if you calibrate your thermometer at freezing and boiling point, it is unlikely it will read properly at mash temps. Read this.

You are reading too much into your measurements. Read Number Respect and Disrespect.

Buy a 'potato masher / paint stirrer'. It works much better than a spoon or traditional mash paddle. I'll leave it to someone else to post appropriate links or pics.

Congrats to you :clap:. Good job!,
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Post by mthanry » 2 years ago

Thanks all for your comments.

@Alanem, PP: I use the probe that came with the STC straight into the middle of the kettle. the STC is calibrated with ice and boiling water just before brewing to prevent atmospheric pressure to affect the calibration. My readings are consistent with the other 2 thermometers I have.

Just took a gravity reading and it's still at 1.012, the same than 2 weeks ago. I don't think that it will go lower than that. Time to bottle?


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Post by safebrew222 » 2 years ago

Great pics.... love the setup.

I would bottle it. Have you been tasting the beer when you take gravity readings? If it tastes good, and gravity is holding, I'd bottle.


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Post by mthanry » 2 years ago

It tastes quite decent although I have difficulties appreciating flat beers


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Post by safebrew222 » 2 years ago

Bottle that beer and enjoy then.


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Post by mthanry » 2 years ago

Well,

I just gave it a try (yes, it is 1pm, so what?) and it tastes fantastic despite bottled only 3 weeks ago. There is however something wrong with the carbonation (I think).

When pouring, there is an obvious coarse carbonation and it looks like pouring coke in the glass (colour is quite close actually) without any head forming. That beer has actually no head at all. Once poured in the glass, the bubbles are much finer but still a bit agressive in mouth.

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Post by mally » 2 years ago

You could always try this.

Or search the internet for pocket/syringe beer engine.
I do it quite a lot now, as I find it knocks out the thicker CO2 bubbles making the drink ever so slightly creamier.
Plus I have a drawer full of Calpol syringes (5ml) that are perfect for the job.

Just a thought.
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Post by thughes » 2 years ago

Give it another week or so, carbonation evolves over time. Head retention issues can have many causes too. Not having seen your recipe, I can't comment as to whether your ingredients may play into it. I typically add a half pound of carapils or wheat to aid in head retention, try it next time.

In the mean time enjoy the fruits of your first all grain brew!

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Post by blu_afro » 2 years ago

mthanry wrote:Well,

I just gave it a try (yes, it is 1pm, so what?) and it tastes fantastic despite bottled only 3 weeks ago. There is however something wrong with the carbonation (I think).

When pouring, there is an obvious coarse carbonation and it looks like pouring coke in the glass (colour is quite close actually) without any head forming. That beer has actually no head at all. Once poured in the glass, the bubbles are much finer but still a bit agressive in mouth.
G'day mthanry, I'm still using other peoples recipes, but if I happened upon what you describe I'd give carapils/dextrine a go to improve head retention.
Great photos :drink:
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