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Old 07-28-2011, 06:52 PM   #101
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Denny, your page suggests an infusion of water before first runoff to reach the desired half of the pre-boiled volume, making up for whats lost in the mash, so your sparge and mash are equal, or something like that... For your example recipe, why not just mash with a gallon more instead of infusing. Would the mash be too thin? Is there such a thing as a mash that's too thin.

The first part is specific to Denny's recipe, but anyone can have a go at both questions.
You're absolutely right. I used to be a lot more concerned about that than I am these days. My philosophy now is that as long as the mash ratio is under 2 qt./lb. and the runoffs are within a gal. or so of each other, it's close enough to not really matter.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:22 PM   #102
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I've tried wet milling and for me it made no difference whatsoever. Needless to say, I mill dry these days.
I tried it too, but did find a difference -- my drill would overheat!

I'm back to dry, of course. Maybe it makes a difference for fly sparging, but it never did for me for batch (low sample size - twice).

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I've tried wet milling and for me it made no difference whatsoever. Needless to say, I mill dry these days.
For my false bottom setup, it made a huge difference in how fast I can recirculate without significant compaction.
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I"ve finished my 1st batch yesterday. Single step infusion with double sparge, and I got ~80% efficiency.
I am more than satisfied for 1st time.
Thanks to Denny, CidahMastah, Bobby_M (for his AG primer) and others for great tips on this thread!!

I"ll try to improve next time and maybe test another process (fly sparge, multi step, diff. gap on mill..) on some of next batches to find what suits best to me..

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Try doing a single batch sparge and see how much difference there is.

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