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Old 04-18-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
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Default Questions on water to grist ratios

Let me start off by saying I haven't brew all grain yet so this may be a basic question.

How does the amount of water to grist ratio affect the mashing process and final product? I've read that "normal" ratios are anywhere between 1.00 quarts/lb up to 2.00 quarts/lb. Why would one choose one over the other? Do different sparging strategies require different ratios?

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Old 04-18-2012, 02:30 AM   #2
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I've heard that for beers that allow imperfections to show much easier (i.e. pilsners) that it's better to use a higher grist/water ratio and sparge with less water to reduce the risk of extracting tannins, etc.

I personally like to mash a little thicker for higher gravity beers so that I have more sparge water which increases efficiency.

One other big factor can be big beers and your mash tun capacity.

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