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Old 02-23-2013, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default Efficiency Way Low!!!

First batch in the now 4 AG batches I have done that my efficiency is way low. Should of had pre boil of 1.051 and I am 1.042. Its one of 2 things, a) I used a different place to get grains which in turn gave me a different crush (time to buy a mill) and b) I tried to brew a Stout without knowing anything about my tap water and it was the first time I used the tap water instead of bottled spring water. Lessons learned. Hopefully it will still be drinkable.

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:05 AM   #2
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Well, it's still style appropriate. A 42 stout is a whole lot better than a 42 barleywine.

Chances are, the crush is the first place to look. The higher percentage of roasted grains could lower ph, but that generally a more forgiving variable than crush.

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:52 AM   #3
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I had a low efficiency to start. First place I looked was my thermometer. You could be getting less sugars out if your thermometer is reading higher than actual.

Second, I went to 90 minute mash. Reached 65-70% efficiency.

Got my own mill - reached 78%.

Just got a new drill for the mill so I can close the gap a little tighter. I expect my efficiency to go up a little more after that.

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Old 02-23-2013, 04:28 AM   #4
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Yea I am going to be investing in my own mill. Only way to be consistent. The boil off bought it up a bit more then I anticipated, so it will be fine, but none the less a mill is a must when brewing AG, should of bought it sooner.

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