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First time all grain

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3 weeks 3 days ago #4205 by KT
First time all grain was created by KT
G'Day, brewers.
I finally got my first all-grain brew down. It's a bit of a mixture of a couple of pale ale brews. I brewed in my BREWZILLA 65L and dumped it into a 55L FERMZILLA. I really have struggled using beersmith 3, so I went for Brewfather as well.
My query is, my pre-boil gravity was only a couple of points up at 1.049. My post-boil gravity was only 1.050. Is that right? I used 8.4kg of Joe White, 1.4kg of Munich Viking Malt and 600g of Simpsons crystal medium. Any thoughts on what is happening? I also used 164g of various hops at different times.
I can't seem to get my volumes to what I actually used in beersmith, it won't let me change some of them.
Anyway, we'll see how it turns out.
Thanks for any help.

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3 weeks 3 days ago #4206 by Gash
Replied by Gash on topic First time all grain
Gday, I would assume that the preboil gravity was wrong, maybe not stirred up? I usually wait till its boiling.
At a guess in beersmith I'd say that the "calculate boil volume automatically" is probably ticked in the equipment profile, you can turn that off and adjust to what you need or use.
Cheers!

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3 weeks 3 days ago - 3 weeks 3 days ago #4207 by Finnroo
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Gidday, Can I ask how much is you actual fermentation volume you put into the 55L fermzilla thingy. Was it 55 litres ? cheers
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3 weeks 3 days ago - 3 weeks 3 days ago #4208 by Finnroo
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my First screen shot lol.phew. So i entered what info i had and put it into a free soft ware called brewmate. and thats what we got. Its almost like youve read the hyrometer wrong. Like your pre boil is out by 13 and post by 9. Interested to know how you get on. cheers
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3 weeks 2 days ago #4209 by KT
Replied by KT on topic First time all grain
I followed your routine with your maiden voyage Brewzilla. 41 litres mash and 26 sparge. I took the reading about 10 mins to go on the boil. 1.049

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3 weeks 2 days ago #4210 by Finnroo
Replied by Finnroo on topic First time all grain
Sorry mate, Finnroo here, do you mean 10 minutes into the boil or 10 minutes left in the boil? cheers

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3 weeks 2 days ago #4211 by KT
Replied by KT on topic First time all grain
Hi Finn. In Gash's video, he takes a reading just after the boil. Beersmith cooks my head lol.

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3 weeks 2 days ago - 3 weeks 2 days ago #4212 by Gash
Replied by Gash on topic First time all grain
Just quickly looking at what you entered Finn, and theres something wrong.. see if you can change the strike to about 40 and the sparge to about 26. and zero out the top up water added to the kettle. See what happens then.

I dont think KT is actually too far off in the numbers, 1.050 , 10kg grain double batch, seems close just off the top of my head.

KT preboil is just before you add your first hops, the 60min hops. Post is at the end after you've turned it off or cooled it.

Your post boil seems close, but this is just off the top of my head.
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3 weeks 2 days ago #4213 by Gash
Replied by Gash on topic First time all grain
oh and drop the volume a bit ummm maybe 46L

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3 weeks 2 days ago #4215 by KT
Replied by KT on topic First time all grain
Cheers Gash, I followed your routine on the Brewzilla. Took the reading just before boil and hops with the refractometer. I took the next reading just before it went into the fermenter. I'm dry hopping tonight, which is day 3.
I'll have another go at beersmith. Is there any way you can see it on beersmith? It isn't saved yet until I fix it.
Thanks for the help.

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Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Sun 1 Sep - 14:34

Hope every one had a good fathers day, cheers guys . :D

OwenA - Tue 13 Aug - 18:18

Cheers Gash

Gash - Tue 13 Aug - 07:47

Gday Owen, only a couple of points, might of had a finer crush or something! Cheers mate! Good luck!

OwenA - Sun 11 Aug - 12:04

Hey Gash, I brewed up your Zombie Lust yesterday. Got 1.053 pre boil & 1.059 OG! Not sure why my numbers were high? Thanks for the great advice & videos. Cheers

Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Sun 11 Aug - 10:06

Navsingh, i started algrain brewing with 2 x15 litre budget boil pots. Sparged into one and then the other, Boiled them both but only added hops into the strongest wort. Made some great beer :)

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