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View Poll Results: How Many Quarts per pound of Grain for your Mash?
1.0 6 10.91%
1.05 0 0%
1.1 1 1.82%
1.15 2 3.64%
1.2 4 7.27%
1.25 28 50.91%
1.3 6 10.91%
1.35 0 0%
More (Explain) 6 10.91%
Ralph Nader says: Use recycled motor oil to mash with! 2 3.64%
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:39 PM   #11
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In How to Brew the author suggests 2 gal to 1lb of grain. This seems way higher that what you guys use. Am I way off or something? What kind of problems come with the mash being too thin?
2 gallons to one pound isn't right; you'd be collecting twenty gallons of runnings without even sparging on a small batch. Are you thinking of 2 quarts per pound? That's a rule-of-thumb I've heard for sparging, but for mashing, that's very thin.
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:41 PM   #12
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DOH!! You're right it was quarts.

Sorry for the confusion everybody.

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Old 01-22-2007, 06:44 PM   #13
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Do you have the link? I've heard that figure for sparging, but mashing, I've always heard the 1.25 figure.

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Old 01-22-2007, 06:44 PM   #14
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In How to Brew the author suggests 2 gal to 1lb of grain. This seems way higher that what you guys use. Am I way off or something? What kind of problems come with the mash being too thin?
I believe he says 1.5 to 2.0 qts/lb. This is why some of my mashes are thinner...Palmer was the first thing I read. The reasoning is that a mashout can be skipped (relating to this reasoning alone...not talking about the other main effect of mashout..ie preserving fermentable sugar profile) because the grainbed is fluid enough. Although, I used 1.25 qt/lb on my oatmeal stout this weekend and didn't use a mashout. ...guess I should add....no lautering problems.
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I'll do my smaller beers at 1.5 qts/lb but anything relatively big gets the 1.0 ratio to make everything manageable.

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