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Old 04-04-2011, 12:58 PM   #501
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Yah shoot me a pic. I might crush a little tonight and text you a pic? You ok with that?
Crap man - forgot to get a pic of the crush. We had a ton to bottle up and clean up, keg up etc. It got lost in the transition.

I do know that we are getting great efficiency though, I would guess close to the 80% range. Recipe was built for 1.055 S.G. at 75% efficiency and our wort ended up at just under 1.060 if not 1.060. Additionally, we ended up with almost an extra gallon of wort.

knocked out a 10G of moose drool this weekend. Next weekend I am shooting for doing 20-30 gallons if I can swing it. Plan is back to back batches and maybe two brew days. After that, I will be busy with spring stuff, so brewing will fall to the back burner, so to speak. I have quite a pipeline working with my buddy.

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2. Rye IPA
3. TBD (Torpedo or another red ale I want to try.)
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:03 AM   #502
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man, you have a crap load of brew going.. im putting together a smoked rye ipa right now.. im ordering the few things i need next week (hops and smoked grain)

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Old 04-05-2011, 12:49 PM   #503
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man, you have a crap load of brew going.. im putting together a smoked rye ipa right now.. im ordering the few things i need next week (hops and smoked grain)
Have a lot of grain to get through! My pipeline is looking fan freakin tastic with some very decent selection. Remember - I am splitting up all my batches though
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:36 PM   #504
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I found i can crush further. I got like 73% based on 75%. Im gonna crush a little further on next batch. All goes well and tastes great so i couldnt care about a % number yah know.

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Old 04-05-2011, 04:27 PM   #505
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Yeah my corona knock off is basically torqued up as tight as it can move (within reason) for the grind. Never had a stuck sparge and efficiency is above 75. I am really only looking to be above 70%, the rest is just gravy.

Efficiency is just a number. You plan to your number so you don't end up at 1.090 when you are shooting for 1.060. As soon as you dial in efficiency, your then dial in all your grain bills. Doesn't matter if you are at 60% or 88% as long as you get repeatable results (you just less grain use the more efficient you are).

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Old 04-05-2011, 04:31 PM   #506
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Speaking of consistency - check this out. My electric build is coming any day now!!

See page 28 for the almost completed control box pics:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/ele...0/index28.html

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my crusher that i built... im not consistently seeing 80% or better

last night i geeked out and started to do the percentages and making a scatter plot in excel to see what my trend line will be over the next few batches... but i need to have more data points... so my next two or three will be in there as well...

my excel spread sheet just keeps growing with data.. and things of that sort

then i compared them on a basis of LHBS (sunset) im seeing 10-12% increase in eff.

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I am seeing the same. Was getting 60% with sunset then well over 70% first time on my own crush

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yeah, so couple more times that i see 80 percent or better.. ill be backing down how much grain i use... this results in 1 lb less grain used, which means enough by summers end for one more batch out of all the grain i bought! ha!

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Now you're going to make me want to go buy a hydrometer to replace the one I snapped in half months ago and be a nerd too haha. I should though, just to see what my crush's efficiency has been.

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