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Old 04-06-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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My first AG will happen on Saturday. I don't know what efficiency to expect out of my system. I ordered another 1.5 lbs of my base malt to compensate for possible low efficiency. If I get great efficiency, I will have a higher gravity beer. What would you do.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:04 AM   #2
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There are so many factors in what can help or hurt efficiency. Most important is mash Ph. keep it around 5 to 5.5 and you should have great efficiency. My all-grain setup gets me 79% efficiency everytime now. All from keeping an eye on my Ph. Congrats on switching to all-grain. You will love the smell of the grain while your stirring it in your mlt. Keep on keeping on and remember.... check your ph!!!

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Old 04-06-2012, 04:20 AM   #3
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You won't know- and can't guess your efficiency until you brew a beer and do the numbers. The best reason to do this is to learn your number and if it's bad- say like my first all grain- at a 52%- you can ask yourself, "What do I need to improve?"

I ran a steady mid 70's last year. Over winter I tweaked my gear and the first beer of this year was 86%.

I strongly encourage you to take some notes, look at a program and compare your goal to what you achieved and if there is a difference- look at your method and start making a list of 'Problems and Solutions'.

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What type of mash tun are you using? How will you be sparging? How much does God love you? There are lots of variables in your efficiency. My buddy and I both use cooler tuns with a stainless braid and batch sparge getting around 70% efficiency, people who fly sparge tend to get slightly higher efficiency. Your first time out will be an experiment, it can be anywhere from 50-80%, you won't know until you try...

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Don't go "off plan" to compensate. Stick with the original plan so you can see how the numbers trend. (like I listened to the sane voice telling me the same thing). My first try was 73 percent extraction but I played around with stuff to compensate for possibly poor experience. Had a heck of a time re running the numbers to see what went right and what could use improvement. KISS.... keep it simple stupid so it is easier to fix/adjust/correct. Not intended to be a slam. Put critical information on a big white board so you just have to look and not search for the information. I put mash info on it, then turned the board up-side-down for boil/hop info. After mashing I flipped the board to show my boil/hop info. Was way easier to see instead of reading from a list.

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Don't go "off plan" to compensate. Stick with the original plan so you can see how the numbers trend. (like I listened to the sane voice telling me the same thing). My first try was 73 percent extraction but I played around with stuff to compensate for possibly poor experience. Had a heck of a time re running the numbers to see what went right and what could use improvement. KISS.... keep it simple stupid so it is easier to fix/adjust/correct. Not intended to be a slam. Put critical information on a big white board so you just have to look and not search for the information. I put mash info on it, then turned the board up-side-down for boil/hop info. After mashing I flipped the board to show my boil/hop info. Was way easier to see instead of reading from a list.
+1. I have 14 brews in my tummy and still prepare a single page recipie/ brew day schedule sheet before each brew session. Of course the format is constantly changing...er... improving. It'll be complete eventually!!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:07 PM   #7
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I am not offended by the KISS method at all, the best plan is usually the simplest, with the fewest variables. What I am attempting to employ with this thread is the 6 P's; Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. So, the consensus is no extra grain, and stick to the recipe? To be completely honest I am kind of relieved, it rubbed me the wrong way planning to fail.
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