iBooz2 Posted May 27, 2021 Share Posted May 27, 2021 Well another big AG brew day for me on Wednesday just past. Started at 06:15 and did not finish until 16:30 with a lunch break in between the mayhem and still did not get completely cleaned up but hey when ya need to have a beer YA NEED TO HAVE A BEER OK! Now before you go OMG that’s torture, I did accomplish my “first ever” two AG batches of two different beers in one day. Whoohoo! Now that I have my water volumes all sorted for a 22 litre batch with a 60" mash and a 70” boil I can start to work on other areas the make my time more efficient. One part that can save me heaps of time is the clean-up so I made up a long length of silicon tubing so I can pump out the waste and any cleaning water direct to a gully trap in my carport. That way I do not have to dismantle the boiler and carry it down to the back yard to wash it out. Now I simply squirt cold tank water into the boiler whilst the pump is running and flush it down the drain. Might get another length to extend it further so I can use this waste water on the garden, will see. I also scrub the inside whilst this is happening so as to remove any built up scum. I still have to take the basket down the back to dump the spent grains into the compost bins and hose the hell out of it to get rid of any debris but this new routine is way better on my back. So when reasonably clean I can quickly dump the next lot of water in and heat up, grains in and mash so do a second beer. As I have multiple cubes I now look at this as I’m just a fresh work kit factory leaving them to cool and usually pitch the next afternoon or whenever. First one was a tweaked version of my True Blue Pale Ale. Did not add salts etc. to the water this time just to see if there is any notable difference from the last batch. Problem will be remembering after a few months what the last one was like but luckily there is a stubbie or two of which I can compare. The first batch took 4 hours and 50 minutes. Mash was a two-step 30 x 30 = 60 minute variety and a 60 minute boil. The second batch was a Mitchie Boy Aussie Pub Lager (thanks Mitch) @MitchBastard. I wanted to kick off the lager season with this one as it looks nice. I did some very minor tweaks on his recipe and am going to use Lallemand Diamond Lager Yeast on this baby as I have not used it before and keen to try it out and sort of compare it to my regular lager boys the DubYa gang. The second batch took 5 hours and 10 minutes but some of the clean-up was left until the next day as it was pissing rain and I needed a beer by then. This mash was a single step mash of 90 minutes with a mash out. Boil was 70 minutes with an additional 20 minute whirlpool at the end so much longer batch. My next full day experiment will be to see if I can introduce more economies of scale by doing a double batch of the exact same recipe in same time a single batch, afterall I have a 70 litre boiler That should save heaps more time because of only one mash period and one boil period required to end up with 44 litres or so of wort. Am slowly getting there. Ag batches numbers 6, 7 and 8 now done and dusted. Numbers 6 and 7 are in the FV’s so will post over on WIMF thread. Number 8 is waiting for the boss to pull his finger out and set up the 3rd FV fridge. I am feeling the love of AG boys and girls; I am feeling the love…. Ha ha Cheers - AL 5 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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