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11-23-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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Can someone explain what "efficiency" is and give me an example of it?

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11-23-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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 Originally Posted by jknapp12105 Can someone explain what "efficiency" is and give me an example of it?
A short answer is that the term efficiency is typically used to describe how much sugar a brewer is getting out of their grain. Most base grains, for example, will yield a specific gravity of 1.036 (edit: 1.036 or sooo)per gallon per pound of grain. If this number is used as 100% then a brewer can figure that he is getting 80% efficiency if he is able to get 1.0288 per gallon per pound of grain.

The term is used to describe both mash efficiency (numbers after mashing, pre-boil) and brewhouse efficiency (numbers of wort in fermenter). Hope that helps.
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11-23-2012, 07:30 AM   #3
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 Originally Posted by bobbrewedit A short answer is that the term efficiency is typically used to describe how much sugar a brewer is getting out of their grain. Most base grains, for example, will yield a specific gravity of 1.036 (edit: 1.036 or sooo)per gallon per pound of grain. If this number is used as 100% then a brewer can figure that he is getting 80% efficiency if he is able to get 1.0288 per gallon per pound of grain. The term is used to describe both mash efficiency (numbers after mashing, pre-boil) and brewhouse efficiency (numbers of wort in fermenter). Hope that helps.
That helps a lot! Thanks for the quick response
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12-28-2012, 09:18 PM   #4
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 Super Absolute Ultimate Efficiencey

In deciding what to buy for my brewing setup, I have begun to think more about what piece of gear that will best reduce the time, resources or waste in my process. I am starting to look at time, water, fuel, electricity, cleaning agents...

I'd like to know what my real per-bottle costs are from start to finish. Does anybody have a master list of what to quantify?

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