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:
All set to add the grain:
STC-1000 says it's time!
No dough ball… smells nice:
Time to hop in:
A bit short on OG:
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
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…