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Old 05-18-2008, 04:09 AM   #11
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I added 2 gallons and stirred then drained and repeated

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Old 05-18-2008, 04:11 AM   #12
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my boil volume was 6.5 gallons and ph of wort was 5.6

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Old 05-18-2008, 04:13 AM   #13
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PH is just fine.

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Old 05-18-2008, 04:16 AM   #14
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Did you do a conversion test?

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Old 05-18-2008, 04:20 AM   #15
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no, I didn't. how exactly do you do a conversion test?

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Put some wort from your MLT on a white plate and add a drop of iodine. If it turns black you have yet to convert your starches to sugar.

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Old 05-18-2008, 05:24 AM   #17
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I added a pound of LDME towards the end of the boil when I realized that I would not get good efficiency. My starting gravity is 1.47. I think that Austin Home Brew might not crush their grain that well. I will have to invest in a grain crusher.
LDME = liquid dry malt extract?

I also get about 75% with the AHB crush, and that's just because I need a bigger kettle, would probably be getting around 80%. +1 on the hotter sparge water, you want the grain to be 170, the water needs to be hotter to be able to raise the temp of the grain.
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my boil volume was 6.5 gallons and ph of wort was 5.6
a larger boil volume would almost certainly increase your efficiency.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:44 PM   #19
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The only thing I can think of is raising your sparge water temp to about 180F but think that would only be worth 5% or so. You can do the conversion test but 60 minutes of mashing in the 150F+ area is plenty. Continue breaking the sparge into two half infusions. I know it helps.

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Old 05-19-2008, 07:02 PM   #20
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Aw man, I just finished brewing my second all grain brew a few minutes ago.... I now have a big bowl of beans and corn bread in front of me to eat!!!! llol I love beans and cornbread!!

Beans and Cornbread is a meal in itself! You can live on that stuff...well, that and homebrew! Life is good brother!
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