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Old 02-08-2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default Not entirely happy with my efficency!

I have brewed 4 AG batches. First batch hit spot on at 70%. The last three have been between 60-65%. I even did a double batch sparge on the last two. I am hitting my temps spot on and holding them well. I mash in a cooler, have done all single infusion, and batch sparge. My volumes are right on. I don't have a grain mill so I am using the LHBS mill. Maybe I am not getting a good crush. I also have not mashed out. I just hit my mash temp, and then hold it for an hour and after my girl of I sparge.

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Old 02-08-2013, 11:20 PM   #2
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Sorry after I vorlof and get my first running I batch sparge.

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Old 02-09-2013, 12:04 AM   #3
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Just had a long discussion about this here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/advice-best-ways-control-my-mash-long-387593/

It's a lot of info and a lot of back and forth, but it hashed out a lot of things I was confused about.

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Thanks for the read... Sounds like you were having The same trouble as me... I'm not looking to get 80% I'm happy with 70% if I can hit that every brew day! It's a pain getting different numbers every batch!

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Old 02-09-2013, 12:26 AM   #5
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Have you tried stirring the grains every 15-20 minutes? What does your manifold look like?

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Old 02-09-2013, 03:29 AM   #6
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Grasshopper! You are missing the point!
Efficiency is NOT important!
Consistency IS important!

Better to always hit 65% than to be all over the board!
If you are consistent, just add a bit more grain!

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Grasshopper! You are missing the point!
Efficiency is NOT important!
Consistency IS important!

Better to always hit 65% than to be all over the board!
If you are consistent, just add a bit more grain!
This is what a veteran club member told me. For an average batch the price difference between 65% and 75% isn't worth the headache. A few dollars for 5 gal batches. Nailing your process and numbers every brew day is whats important.
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Yes, Grasshopper, wise is your veteran club member!

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ask the shop to double mill your grains

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At my LHBS you measure and mill your own (very nice). I may try a small batch and double crush just to experiment.

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