Brewed a batch of Pride of Raubsville a couple days ago. It was the first time using my new mash tun. My mash tun used to be a cooler box and a grain bag. Now it’s a cooler box with a stainless steel manifold at the bottom. It’s also been insulated with a good few layers of old Yoga mat.
I had to substitute local hops for the Target hops (hence the Vuvuzela reference). I like the local Southern Promise hops so I’m sure it’s going to come out just fine!
Mash went beautifully. I mashed the grain at about 69.1 degrees C. The recipe calls for about 0.5Kg sugar so I mashed high to get some body for the beer. The new mash tun held temperature beautifully! Didn’t lose more than a point of a degree over the entire hour. Lautering and sparging were absolute pleasures too. No stuck sparge and it probably took about 30 minutes off my brewday total time.
Only problem I had was I got distracted during the boil and probably ended up boiling for close on 2 hours (no hop additions yet thankfully) which means I’ve got substantially less beer than I should have had. The OG is also a little on the high side. I was aiming for around 1.040 but ended up with 1.050.