Originally Posted by ultralord
I just got done building the Rubbermaid 10 gal MLT also and had the opposite question. What's the minimum amount of grain I could mash? Would 5 or 6 pounds be alright? I'm not quite ready for AG. I still need a bigger pot and some way to cool the wort (with my 98 degree tap water
) So in the meantime, I thought I'd try a PM. Is there a minimum grain depth if you're batch sparging or doesn't it matter?
Tom, I've been mashing 4-5 lbs up to this point, and the only problem is that with a grain bed that thin, it's really difficult to pour the vorlauf runnings back in without disturbing the bed.
Someone suggested setting a plate on the bed and pouring onto that, or a pie tin with a bunch of small holes in it. I would recomend trying this as I was getting grain husk after running off ten quarts, and eventually just settled with what I could get.