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Old 05-10-2009, 05:15 PM   #11
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heres the sparge


tried to fix the rotation, I hope it came out right.

Heres a shot of the foamy boil

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heres the chiller in action


This one is 6 hours after pitching yeast. I really need to get a blow off tube!

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All in all I'm pretty happy with the process thus far. Estimated pre boil was .051 I came in at .040 Estimated OG was .057 I came in with .044 (barely made it in style). My BE sucked, I think it was 58%. I will get better with more AG's under my belt. I'll let ya know where the FG comes in later.

I was using a 5gal SS false bottom in the bottom of my 10gal cooler, LHBS warned me to be careful not to hit it or the tube may come off, sure enough it did. Had to pour off the mash, reattach the tube, refill and start the fly sparge. I think that may be where I lost abit of my efficiency. I think the temps may have dropped. I had to change out the air lock this morning, it was nasty! I had a clean one ready to go as I was expecting a fast ferment. I did up a starter for this batch (also a first) and was showing signs within hours.

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If you have to brew outdoors in the sun, at least make it nice and shady!

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Congrats on your first AG! Feels good doesn't it?

I can't really tell from the picture, but are you fly sparging?

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Where was your grain crushed? What was your water:grain ratio?

I agree, the snafu with the false bottom probably cost you some points, but I am not sure how many, since your mash was already complete.

Yah, I know about the mashout and grain bed temp. BUT, I used to never mash out and my grain bed was 150F MAX and I still got 78% eff. So I beleive that you can lose a few points with a low grain bed temp during the sparge, but not say 20 points.

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It is just a guess but your crush looks a bit too coarse, if you have your own crusher you may want to consider tightening down the clearance.

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Is that a glass of water I see in the second pic??? Replace that with a nice homebrew and I'm sure your efficiency will jump 20 points!

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Congrats on your first AG! Feels good doesn't it?

I can't really tell from the picture, but are you fly sparging?
Ayup, I fly sparge

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Where was your grain crushed? What was your water:grain ratio?

I agree, the snafu with the false bottom probably cost you some points, but I am not sure how many, since your mash was already complete.

Yah, I know about the mashout and grain bed temp. BUT, I used to never mash out and my grain bed was 150F MAX and I still got 78% eff. So I beleive that you can lose a few points with a low grain bed temp during the sparge, but not say 20 points.
12.75 lbs of grain. 2.8gal of water for protein rest. Added 2.5gal for saccrification rest. 2.25gal for mash out. And sparged with another 2.1gal's factoring in dead space, boil off and grain absobtion I came out with a perfect 5.50 gal's of finished wort.

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It is just a guess but your crush looks a bit too coarse, if you have your own crusher you may want to consider tightening down the clearance.
I was thinking the same thing, its a new Barley Crusher, factory set, but I may tighten it up a little.

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Is that a glass of water I see in the second pic??? Replace that with a nice homebrew and I'm sure your efficiency will jump 20 points!
Yeah, its water. about 10 glasses of it during the day. But, I did enjoy a few of my Paulaner Hefeweizen's also.
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I was thinking the same thing, its a new Barley Crusher, factory set, but I may tighten it up a little.
I've been getting my grain crushed from Brewmaster's Warehouse (they use the BC w/ factory settings I believe), and I consistently get 74-78%. It seems to be about the same for others, so blaming the crush wouldn't be the first place I'd look...especially if you're fly sparging. I'd take a look at your lauter efficiency assuming everything else is in check.
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