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Old 03-01-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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equals higher efficiency!

I wanted to do a 180 minute boil today, and so I collected a ton of water and by the time it boiled down, I was at 86% efficiency. Wow!

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Old 03-01-2009, 12:35 AM   #2
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And a whole tank of propane!

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Old 03-01-2009, 12:46 AM   #3
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And tannins!

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Old 03-01-2009, 12:50 AM   #4
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how does one discover their efficiency?

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:25 AM   #5
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180 min boil... whoa!
Did you get any scorching? did your finished product end up darker than normal?

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:26 AM   #6
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:47 AM   #7
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I've almost gotten caught up in the super high efficiency craze lately.A lot of people convinced me to be happy with consistent efficiency, rather than high efficiency at the expense of quality beer.So I just calculated that if your regular efficiency was 72%,to boost it to the same gravity as the 86% efficiency batch only takes 2 x-tra lbs of grain.To me thats only $2.Thats why I'm happy making relatively good beer at 72%.

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:54 AM   #8
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Oversparging to get better eff. will make poor beer.

Good crush, good temps, good sparge will produce good eff. and good beer.

I get 85% currently with a GOOD crush and a thin mash to boost the mash eff.

I sparge for a 90 min. boil

My grain crush and thin mash have been the two biggest contributors to better eff. I am not all about great efficiency, but once you have the process nailed down, it is of course fun to see what improvements can be made to streamline the process

This being said, I do not think that oversparging and boiling for 3 hours would be considered an improvement due to the generally poor quality of late running wort.

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Old 03-01-2009, 02:26 AM   #9
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I completely agree with Pol. You should be able to get decent efficiency with a sparge that only requires a 60-90min boiloff. If you can't, accept the lower efficiency.

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BobbyM agrees with me...

OKAY LOCK THIS THREAD! We need to mark this day!

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