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Old 03-24-2013, 05:55 PM   #21
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Beersmith is a tool to help you brew. It is not brewing instructions. 168-170 is far too low a sparge temp for batch sparging.
Thanks Denny I have been following the beer smith recommendations also but will up the temps on my next batch sparge
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:08 PM   #22
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Your sparge water should be above 170. It rinses the grains while not allowing more breakdown. The point is to get the wort at this point not continue starch conversion. This is why most people will raise their mash to 170 for mash out before boil.

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Old 03-24-2013, 06:10 PM   #23
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Also I use ibrewmaster. It's an app for iPhone and I believe for android now. I've used lite versions of beersmith and others and get confused with the set up. The app is easier for me to use and it does all you need

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Old 03-24-2013, 06:38 PM   #24
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Your sparge water should be above 170. It rinses the grains while not allowing more breakdown. The point is to get the wort at this point not continue starch conversion. This is why most people will raise their mash to 170 for mash out before boil.
All I can tell ya is that 185-190 has worked great for me for hundreds of batches.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #25
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All I can tell ya is that 185-190 has worked great for me for hundreds of batches.
That high of a temp stops the action of the enzymes, correct?
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That high of a temp stops the action of the enzymes, correct?
Not necessarily. That's the water temp. You need to get the grain over 170 for at least 20 min. to stop enzymes. 185-190 gets the grain bed up around 170, but I don't hold the temp that long.
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Not saying 185-190 is wrong. As long as its above 170.

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Well it's Brew Day.

Here is my plan:

A Long Summers Session (Session APA)

OG 1.047-1.050
FG 1.012-1.014
IBU 45
ABV 4.8%

8# american 2-row
8oz carapils
8oz crystal 40L

Strike - 2.8gallons @170°
Mash - 60 min @ 154°
Batch Sparge- 4 gallons@ 180°

6.5 gallon per boil

1oz centennial @60
.5oz Simcoe @30
.5oz Simcoe @10
2oz Cascade dry hop 7-10days

Wyeast 1056

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Well it's Brew Day.

Here is my plan:

A Long Summers Session (Session APA)

OG 1.047-1.050
FG 1.012-1.014
IBU 45
ABV 4.8%

8# american 2-row
8oz carapils
8oz crystal 40L

Strike - 2.8gallons @170°
Mash - 60 min @ 154°
Batch Sparge- 4 gallons@ 180°

6.5 gallon per boil

1oz centennial @60
.5oz Simcoe @30
.5oz Simcoe @10
2oz Cascade dry hop 7-10days

Wyeast 1056
That sounds very refreshing! A lot of hops for a summer brew should do the "heavy lifting" of the aroma in there... Good luck!
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:08 PM   #30
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Wort is cooler and today has been a learning experience!

Missed mash temp by 6° under so I added 1gal of boiling water and hit 151- mashed for 1hour.

Sparge water wouldn't heat to 185 (running out of gas) so I sparged with 175 and hit my volumes pretty well. 6.3 gal preboil vs 6.5 that I wanted.

Ran out of propane just before hot break and had to reboil after

Outside temps dropped from 50-38 over the course of the afternoon causing heating issues and wind hindered my burner.

I will update with OG readings. Once wort is down to temp. Overall a fun day and I learned a lot! I aso kicked my breakfast stout on draft and kegged a 10.2%abv DIPA made with Citra and nugget, dry hopped with Sorachi Ace!

EDIT: I hit 1.045 OG which should put me right about 4.5% abv. The flavor was good after tasting my gravity sample and I got 4.7gal post boil. Not sure how with the calamity of errors I still came so close to hitting numbers but I will take it!

Cheers!

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