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Old 02-23-2008, 12:12 PM   #11
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Start over and re-confirm all your measurements something is way off. Like others have said I use around 10 gallons of water to get 8 gallons preboil.

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Old 02-23-2008, 01:42 PM   #12
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When you clean the grain from your mash tun is the grain fairly dry or do you have lot's of water in it? Maybe your mash is getting stuck during the sparge and you're assuming it is done. Good luck, and keep us posted.

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Old 02-23-2008, 02:20 PM   #13
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16 cup = 1 gallon. wow, that means you're losing 6.5 gallons during the boil? How big is your boil pot? I typically use about 8-9 gals overall and occasionally will end just below the 5 gallon mark after boiling for an hour.

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Old 02-23-2008, 02:58 PM   #14
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I was going to suggest a stuck or extremely slow sparge. When I was using a braid, I noticed that once the waterline got below the top of the grain, my runnings slowed to barely a trickle but would keep trickling another 2 gallons of water. I'm going to try a manifold next................

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Old 02-23-2008, 03:53 PM   #15
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I am using a braid. It does seem like the grain is retaining quite a bit of water when I clean it all out. However, I let it run until nothing comes out of the valve.

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Plan on losing about .1 gal per pound of grain and also go and put like 2 gallons in your tun and drain it. Then take what ever water is left in there and find out how much is left behind. You should be real close with preboil volumes once you know that.
Also plan to get 100% of the sparge water into the kettle.

What are you using for a kettle and burner? Do you know what your boil off rate is? If not you can get a good idea by putting like 5 gallons in there and boil it for an hour the check to see how much is left. It's a waste of water and gas, but somethings you just have to do in the name of good beer.


You say you use a 2 cup measuring cup to measure the water? Find a better way to do that man. Just for your mash water you had to add 28 of those. I know I would have lost count a good 5 times and would have had to start over.

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Well I have a 2 cup measuring cup but also a pitcher. I know where on the pitcher 1 gallon is so I use that. Other than that, I'm completely stuck.

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Well I have a 2 cup measuring cup but also a pitcher. I know where on the pitcher 1 gallon is so I use that. Other than that, I'm completely stuck.
What do you ferment in? If using an ale pail it should have gallon markings on that. Test it with the measuring cup and see if it's right. Also a milk jug works.
I'm thinking that you lost count or miss counted a few times.
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I am using a braid. It does seem like the grain is retaining quite a bit of water when I clean it all out. However, I let it run until nothing comes out of the valve.
If your mash is retaining lots of water it sounds like it's your braid system may be plugging. I'm not very knowledgable in this field, so maybe someone could focus on clearing a stuck braid.
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Did you maybe have a stuck sparge? That's all I can think of.

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