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Old 05-28-2013, 01:56 AM   #1641
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I have brewed a couple things from clone brew book and followed the 90 minute mash and 90 minute boil. Has anyone else done the brews from this book with a 60 minute mash and 60 minute boil and following hop additions at 60 full volume per the 60 minute extract version or are you doing the 90 minute boil with reduced hops for 90 minutes. I would love to do 60 minute mash for a 10 gallon batch with 60 minute boil and 10 minute mash out with a small sparge if i can't get full volume in my 15 gallon pot..

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Old 05-28-2013, 04:46 AM   #1642
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Sure. I use two kettles (7.5 gal and 5 gal). I mash in about 6 gal. of water (give or take depending on my grain bill). Then, after the mash, I mashout in the same kettle by heating my kettle up to 170F or so. I then let it rest in that kettle for 10 minutes. While the big kettle is resting, I then take about 2.5 gal of water in my 5 gal kettle and heat it up to 170F and I use this for a sparge. I drain the bag in the 7.5 gal kettle before transferring to my sparge kettle. I then sparge for 20 min.

Once the sparge is done, I then let the bag drain again and then take the liquid from my sparge kettle and add it to what I have collected in my mash kettle and this usually gets me pretty close to my pre-boil volume. If I have to I take a colander upside down in a bucket and squeeze the bag to get a bit more liquid.

I'm consistently hitting 80-85% efficiencies. I tried skipping the mashout for a couple of batches and my efficiencies dropped to the 60's for each batch. Went back to doing mashouts and the efficiencies went back up fwiw.

So, this is the system that I have found works best for me. Others might say I could probably skip some steps, but I've tried and not gotten the results I'm happy with so I'm sticking with what works for me!
Thanks for your response........if recipe calls for a 60 min mash I use 7 gallons in my 9 gallon pot, if it calls for 90 min boil I use 7.5 gallons....mash @148-150. I'll get as much wort from my bag without sparging,,,,,,,I have mashed out once but not the normal 170f for 10 mins,,I think I shorten the time. I need to check my ph next time. My beer is good, but not real good IMO. I'll try your method next time
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:37 PM   #1643
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I did my first All Grain today, Biab. A SMaSH Maris Otter/Cascade, everything went well. I got 82% efficiency as above, sparging the bag in a seperate pot with hot water. Because I only planned on 60%, my beer will be stronger and maltier than intended.

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:23 AM   #1644
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Congradulations John on your first BIAB.
Oh and with helping the lady in the kayak.

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I just brewed my Bock up yesterday. Its my second BIAB and ended with 70% efficiency. Not as good as my 85% on my IPA. Not sure if my batch sparge threw it off, but i also went easy on bag squeezing. Next time I'll have to make sure I squeeze it like it owes me a favor.

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:31 AM   #1646
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Because fermentation pictures are like porn for homebrewers, I present to you: Bock!

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Congradulations John on your first BIAB.
Oh and with helping the lady in the kayak.
Thank you! It's been an exciting week.
Looking at my fermenter now, I let a lot of trub into it. Maybe more water. lower gravity, less trub next time. Brew and learn.
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I did my first All Grain today, Biab. A SMaSH Maris Otter/Cascade, everything went well. I got 82% efficiency as above, sparging the bag in a seperate pot with hot water. Because I only planned on 60%, my beer will be stronger and maltier than intended.
I just kegged my Maris Otter and Centennial SMaSH last week but it'll be a while before I have keg space open to try it. I did bottle 2 or 3 knowing it would be awhile.
Just a somewhat session beer and I really love MO and when used with 2 row, I can't always taste a big difference so using all MO is really a treat.
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Well, I have four pounds of MO left, and four varieties of hops.

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Well, I have four pounds of MO left, and four varieties of hops.
Only four pounds
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