Originally Posted by adhomebrew10
Surely you knew I was saying 1.25 qt/lb
My bad. Need the units!
Nah, we know that's what you meant!
If you want to, you could mash a bit thinner, say 1.50- 2 quarts/pound and then use a bit less for the sparge.
Actually, now that I think about it that might be the way to go. Say you mash in with 1.5 quarts/pound, you'd get 2.75 gallons or so in first runnings. Then you could sparge with roughly 2.75 gallons to get your desired boil volume. That would maximize efficiency, give a great quality wort, and be a bit less work overall. That's what I'd do, but I have been mashing with 1.5- 1.75 quarts/pound lately and loving it!