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Old 04-20-2014, 05:54 PM   #11
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Try batch sparging. If your efficiency goes up, there's a problem with the design oif your lautering system. But 99% of the time it's the crush.

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Old 04-20-2014, 07:35 PM   #12
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Another thing to consider is the amount of strike and sparge water you use can have a big effect on efficiency. I use BeerSmith too and I love it, but lately i've noticed that the volumes of water it calculates for strike and sparge water don't seem to be optimal; in my experiance, they're on the low side. Lately i've looked at these calculations and have added about half a gallon more water than it tells me and that seems to help. If you're fly-sparging, a lot depends on when you stop the sparge. The optimal grist-water ratio should vary a bit by style and the equipment you're using, but like i said, in my experience the BeerSmith calculations have resulted in mashes that are too thick.

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Another thing to consider is the amount of strike and sparge water you use can have a big effect on efficiency. I use BeerSmith too and I love it, but lately i've noticed that the volumes of water it calculates for strike and sparge water don't seem to be optimal; in my experiance, they're on the low side. Lately i've looked at these calculations and have added about half a gallon more water than it tells me and that seems to help. If you're fly-sparging, a lot depends on when you stop the sparge. The optimal grist-water ratio should vary a bit by style and the equipment you're using, but like i said, in my experience the BeerSmith calculations have resulted in mashes that are too thick.
Unfortunately, a great tool like Beersmith is often taken as instructions on how to brew rather than as a tool to help you brew the way you want to.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:24 PM   #14
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This may sound silly, but check your thermometer. Could by you're off by a few degrees on all your temps.

Also - just up your grain bill a little - figure you are getting 50-60% - what's an extra pound of base malt $1.50 or less.

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Old 04-21-2014, 03:42 AM   #15
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Much appreciated. I have checked my thermapen in ice water and boiling water. Id say its um.. exactly accurate. Thats why I got it.

Im gonna give the next brew a shot at some tips Ive learned here and hopefully come out with yet again the best brew made so far.

Got an ESB and a cream ale in fermenters now, both arent "perfect" but hopefully the next brew turns out near it.

My next purchase will be a grain mill for sure !

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