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Old 11-30-2008, 03:45 AM   #1
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5th all grain down, 5th time getting below 70% efficiency, 5th time ending up with less than five gallons at the end. On the upside, today was the first time I got a proper cold break. At least, I hope that's what it is.

I'm frustrated because it always turns out tasting good, but I'm never getting the results I'm striving for. I've done lots of reading, tried several different methods, and now it just seems like I need to start over and be ridiculously meticulous next time in order to figure out how to get it right.

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Old 11-30-2008, 04:05 AM   #2
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There's not much I can suggest without knowing your process in a lot more detail.

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Old 11-30-2008, 04:10 AM   #3
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There's not much I can suggest without knowing your process in a lot more detail.

+1!! we need some details
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:13 AM   #4
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I used to have that problem.

Efficiency went 80% plus when I started crushing my own grains with a barley crusher.

Less than five gallons I solved by brewing 6 gallon batches and scaling my recipes accordingly. I always end up with over 5 gallons now.

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Old 11-30-2008, 04:19 AM   #5
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Not looking for suggestions now, just venting some frustration.

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Old 11-30-2008, 04:35 AM   #6
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alright then, vent away!!!



wait... you did...


Good talk!

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Old 11-30-2008, 06:10 AM   #7
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I had constant 75% with NB's crushed grains then I got a bunch from B3 and efficiency went to hades.

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Old 11-30-2008, 06:58 AM   #8
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I wonder how long it will take to pay off a barley crusher. Figure you're spending less on grain, using less grain per batch, and the grain you have stores better. Vent away if that's what the intent was. Typically if you post about low efficiency and your current process, someone will give some intelligent advice on how you could improve it. Then you can stop being pissed about low %s and start posting about awesome brew sessions.

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"Not looking for suggestions now, just venting some frustration."

Great, glad I bothered reading this thread, will not make the mistake of reading another of yours.

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Old 11-30-2008, 08:45 AM   #10
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Great, glad I bothered reading this thread, will not make the mistake of reading another of yours.
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