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Old 08-22-2014, 02:27 PM   #11
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I checked my log again... My first runnings of the 4 gallons I used was a little lower than 1.08 (1.078), my batch sparge used 4.5 gallons and that came in around 1.05. It seemed as though I had much more 1.05 running than in the 1.07 range. My OG after boil was 1.061. I basically didn't use enough water for the initial mash and used too much water to sparge. I had the water ratio set to 1.0 in Beersmith, probably should have been 1.5. That would have resulted in me adding 6 gallons of mash water and 2.5 sparge. Does this make more sense? I also think I drained my first runnings too fast. Thank you for any advice.

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Old 08-22-2014, 03:13 PM   #12
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That makes more sense. Yes, mashing at 1.25-1.5 quarts per pound of grain will probably get you a much better efficiency, that's definitely the place I would start. Grain crush, like was mentioned before, is another common factor in efficiency issues, but you might want to just change one variable at a time.

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Old 08-22-2014, 03:26 PM   #13
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Do you think instead of an Imperial IPA I will have more of a regular IPA?

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Old 08-22-2014, 03:38 PM   #14
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sometimes on this board we get a little acronym happy. SMASH is a "single malt and single hop". Basic two row and the hop of your choice, or if your like me Marris Otter and the hop of your choice. I'd stick with a simple hop schedule and keep the IBU's under 30.

This won't be the beer that you give all your friends and says I've come up with the greatest thing since the invention of beer, but it will allow you to taste anything that maybe impacting those things that are giving you problems.

when it's all said and done and you say This is a plain beer, no astringency, no tannins, etc. Then start with the modifications, but only make small adjustments. i.e. keep the recipe exactly the same and do some water modifications, or keep the water the same and change the grain bill. then keep working back to the beer that you want to make. when you go from on stage to the next and something makes you go yuck, you know what caused it.

step down to smaller batches if you don't want 5 gallons of beer that you may not enjoy.

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Call it a session IIPA, for those times when you would really like to drink 2 bombers instead of just 1. The bitterness looks pretty assertive, certainly worthy of calling it a IIPA, but the gravity and ABV will be a little lighter. Not actual session-beer light, but certainly more quaffable than the 8%+ monster it was intended to be.

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:55 AM   #16
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I like that boydster! That's a great way to turn my mistake into a positive! I'll let you know how it turns out.


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