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Old 06-11-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default Whats your efficiency?

I've been getting what I assume are low efficiencys, but thought, hey maybe with my setup, that's not so bad. So I want to get an idea of what other people are hitting. I know alot is dependent on the brewer but I'm just curious what people are getting with different types of equipment, and technique. Just give a brief description of your setup, with your efficiency. Heres mine:

5 gallon MLT with looped steel braid, one keg for HLT and BK, CFC, one pump for moving liquids around. Batch Sparge with two rinses.
Efficiency = 55%

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:56 PM   #2
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10 gallon cooler, SS braid hose. 10g SS brewpot..batch sparge 2 equal amounts. It will vary between 70-76%..

Do you crush your grain?

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Old 06-11-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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10 gallon IGLOO, two SS mesh bazooka tubes, fly sparging.

Depending on gravity, 65-75%. Milds (1.036) I usually get ~78% eff, 1.095 BDSAs I get ~65% eff.

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10 gallon rubbermaid, domed false bottom, fly sparging
Hi: 82%
Low: 58%
Average: 72-76%
I've had better luck crushing my own grains vs buying them crushed.

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I have two Cooler type MLT's a 28qt and 38qt, but I use the same 1/2" Copper Manifold for both. I Double Batch Sparge and average about 85%. It fluccuates with the size of the Grain bill.

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10 gallon cooler, SS braid hose. 10g SS brewpot..batch sparge 2 equal amounts. It will vary between 70-76%..

Do you crush your grain?

I crushed it at our LHBS, I have a friend with his own mill and I'm going to see if I can borrow his for my next brew. To try and eliminate this variable.
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6.5g square cooler with sink-supply line hose-braid. Batch sparge up to pre-boil volume. 72-87% depending on mash thickness.

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I crushed it at our LHBS, I have a friend with his own mill and I'm going to see if I can borrow his for my next brew. To try and eliminate this variable.
Carefully evaluate the crushed grain. If there are ANY uncracked grains, your efficiency will suffer. Flour isn't a bad thing, just make sure you have enough husks to create a lauter bed and you're fine.
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I have a 10 gallon gatorade (rubbermaid) cooler for my mash tun. Domed false bottom, home made auto sparge and some finer screening on top of the false bottom. I fly sparge and have another 10 gallon gatorade cooler for my HLT. I crush almost on the finest setting on my JSP malt mill (gear drive / motorized). Mash for an hour sparge for an hour and I usually get 85 percent efficiency on average with a low of 80 and high of 90 percent.

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Blue square Igloo, manifold, Fly sparge 80-83% efficiency.

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