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Old 05-03-2014, 07:02 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Brewcycle69 View Post
I'm know you're trying to help just like everyone else so no problem. The OP asked for what he could try to increase his efficiency; crush is the biggest cluperate in low efficiency. I suggested which dial to turn and which way to turn it. How far? I don't know enough about what the final goal is, but I know turning that dial in that direction is a valid thing to try to get them where they want to go.

For the majority of us that use our LHBS we don't get to adjust the crush, we have two settings; single crush and double crush.

The post you sited was a good data point and you should keep posting it. But, its not the only or definitive data point. Without siting a study, its just a personal anecdote, but a valid one that people should read and consider, just like the other posts.

I understand the spirit of your post and don't disagree, just keep in mind that not every brewer can specifically tune everything throughout the brewing process. Sometimes a new brewer needs to know what direction to go and they will take it as far as they desire within their system based on their goals, hopefully with the benefit of the brew science and/or personal anecdotes from many brewers.

I completely understand where you are coming from. It's not what you said, it's more the context of the thread.

Personally, I think mad scientist has the most reasonable attempt at finding the root of the problem. The rest are either a band aid solution, or the equivalent to pissing into the wind. Your bit of information may help, it may not. I think the OP should answer MS's questions to the best of his ability, my money is on finding at least one problem there. Especially since the recipe came from BrewToad, which in my experience is very vague regarding brewing terminology.

We are assuming the OP's recipe has integrity in the first place, and that the OP also did not make any mistakes in translating the recipe.

I don't know about you, but I like to analyze things before I start "turning dials."

We're on page 3, and the OP's question hasn't actually been answered yet. This is what happens when there is a culture of quick answers. OP can become distracted and lead down the wrong path instead of focusing on the nuts and bolts of brewing with those who have the patience to help in a greater capacity.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:34 PM   #22
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I got like a 35% efficiency my first time. Pretty disappointed as well but I think my problem was that my bag was way too small. I had a giant ball of grain when I was done that was tight and like the consistency of oatmeal.

I'm not sure if that solves your problem at all, but just sharing my experience - I am definitely getting a bigger bag next time to improve my eff.

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