electrotype said:Thanks guys, I hope it will be a tasty 3 gallons!
I'm starting my second batch now... Hopefully I'll do less mistakes!
electrotype said:tom_hampton, I agree with you 100% and that's why I'm brewing the same recipe. But in addition to trying to correct my mistakes, I'll change 1-2 parameters each time, to see the effects. Next recipe I'll probably try to change one hop. Except maybe if I really dislike the first batches or it's not what I was expecting at all!
And don't worry for me for the drinking part, this is not the part that stresses me the most!
electrotype said:understand, but I want to keep a part of fun in it! Brewing the exact same recipe without changing anything is less fun, in my opinion.
electrotype said:Well, the only change I'll make with this one is to not use a secondary fermenter. Anyway, I only have one carboy so I do not have any choice...
But I realize that my mash temperature was probably off in the first batch! As I said, I didn't have a themometer so I went to 160F hoping it would be ok with the cold grain. But now I do have a termometer, and I had to add extra hot water in the mash to bring it to 153F.
But I'm not 100% sure how much hot water I added to the mash now (I guess I should have mesured it)! Should I add less sparge water then? Or Isn't it very important?
electrotype said:I think it may not be my lucky day!
The thermometer I bought doesn't seem to work properly.
But I think it was working when I checked the mash temperature (I hope).
This is the themometer with its probe in the boiling wort... 242F? Yeah, of course...