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Old 09-28-2012, 09:19 PM   #11
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The most grain I've ever fitted into a 5g cooler was 14 lbs, mashed with 3 1/2 g water (1 qt / lb).
It came to within 2 inches of the top.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:07 PM   #12
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The most grain I've ever fitted into a 5g cooler was 14 lbs, mashed with 3 1/2 g water (1 qt / lb).
It came to within 2 inches of the top.

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How'd that turn out? Using the 1qt / lb, does using less water ( 1 qt vs 1.25 qt per lb ) will it make the beer more dry, less dry, any thing that is noticeably better or worse?


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I always use 1 qt/lb for English beers. According to Ray Daniels and Greg Noonan it is traditional together with mashing at 150F. I find it gives a more malty character to the beer than 1.25 qt/lb which I find gives a bland character. However, I've only tried it with English malts. I don't know how it would work with US malts.
The only down side I can think of is that it requires a bit more stirring at dough in.

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Old 09-29-2012, 12:32 AM   #14
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I always use 1 qt/lb for English beers. According to Ray Daniels and Greg Noonan it is traditional together with mashing at 150F. I find it gives a more malty character to the beer than 1.25 qt/lb which I find gives a bland character. However, I've only tried it with English malts. I don't know how it would work with US malts.
The only down side I can think of is that it requires a bit more stirring at dough in.

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Oh well, I'll stir a little bit more! Thanks for your input, I'll keep that in mind this brew coming up!
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Looks like 16lb grain - the brown sugar, cocoa, and molasses all go in the boil. If you do it as a 4 gal batch that would get you under 13 lbs, that will fit.

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Looks like 16lb grain - the brown sugar, cocoa, and molasses all go in the boil. If you do it as a 4 gal batch that would get you under 13 lbs, that will fit.
I'll keep that in mind once I get beer smith, I just ordered a kiwi express ipa from NB, my wife decided that we haven't tried to make an ipa yet so why not. I'll have to really think about that chocolate espresso it sounds good


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