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Old 03-02-2009, 04:07 PM   #131
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Thanks I'll try that...it'll give me a 'lazier' use of some IC effluent too (instead of carrying buckets-full over to the washing machine).

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Old 03-02-2009, 04:34 PM   #132
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I too have upped my ratio to 1.6qt/lb from 1.25/lb and noticed an eff. gain of 10%. Thanks to the OP for bringing this up!

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Old 03-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #133
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I too have upped my ratio to 1.6qt/lb from 1.25/lb and noticed an eff. gain of 10%. Thanks to the OP for bringing this up!

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Old 03-02-2009, 08:23 PM   #134
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you know if going to a 2qt/lb mash gives you higher efficiency, then you should look into why your mash efficiency is low at a lower ratio. If you could fix that and go back to a lower ratio you should have even higher efficiency since your sparge efficiency won't be hurting.

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I could, but 85% is about as high as I expect to get with a garage brew system. So, I will stick with that.

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Old 03-02-2009, 10:18 PM   #136
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Has anyone experimented with VERY thin mashes? I was thinking about 4 quarts/pound.

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Old 03-02-2009, 10:45 PM   #137
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Has anyone experimented with VERY thin mashes? I was thinking about 4 quarts/pound.
The Australian brew in a bag method uses thin mashes like that. 4 quarts/lb may be a little thin as the pre-boil gravity won't be more than 1.035 for a 4 qt/lb mash

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I could, but 85% is about as high as I expect to get with a garage brew system. So, I will stick with that.
At 85% I wouldn't expect you to change much of anything.
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:33 PM   #139
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Just tried 2qt/lb yesterday on my second all grain after getting terrible conversion efficiency on the first (55%). It went great, I ended up with 90% efficiency on the brew so I have some extra beer since I calculated for 70%. I did switch crushes though, the first was Midwest and the second was Brewmaster's Warehouse. I love his barley crusher .

Now I just need to work on my overall calculations to make sure I end up with the right amount of wort.

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Old 03-18-2009, 03:28 PM   #140
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My mash thickness varies with how much grain I use. If it's a medium-to-low gravity brew I have to mash thin or I'll have too much sparge water and might over-sparge. But if it's a high-ish gravity brew I pretty much have to mash sort of thick...both because my lauter tun only holds so much liquid and also because I need a decent amount of sparge water to hit my efficiency. But my efficiency is pretty much always the same.

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