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pellis007 01-01-2013 03:38 PM

Working on my 2nd All Grain batch-question
 
So, I've just mashed in and my mash temp is a little low. I've added about an additional gallon of boiling water to bring it up and I'm still a little low. My question is, should I keep adding boiling water to bring up my temp, and how much is too much? Also, should I batch sparge with less to compensate for the additional boiling water I've added in my attempt to bring up my mash temp?
Thanks guys...I'm12 minutes into my 60 min mash.

ColoHox 01-01-2013 03:43 PM

Proper mash temps are really important to the final profile, get as close as you can to temp. Where are you in terms of quarts/pound? You can sparge less and/or boil longer to remove some of the extra water.

pellis007 01-01-2013 03:49 PM

Thanks for your reply. I'm shooting for 158F and I'm at 153F. Beersmith wanted 4.59Gals for mashing. I'm up to about 5.25 gals now. It's calling for about 4.5 gals of sparge water. I was going to do a double sparge, but if I add more boiling water during the mash to bring up the temp, maybe I'll do a single batch sparge with the remaining volume. I could also mash a little longer as well. Thoughts?

ColoHox 01-01-2013 03:57 PM

Single batch sparge should be sufficient with a thin mash. I usually shoot for 2qt/lb mash consistency, though depends on MT total volume. Lots of people do a 90min mash and boil. Longer brew day but that might balace out your mash conditions and boil off some water.

pellis007 01-01-2013 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ColoHox
Single batch sparge should be sufficient with a thin mash. I usually shoot for 2qt/lb mash consistency, though depends on MT total volume. Lots of people do a 90min mash and boil. Longer brew day but that might balace out your mash conditions and boil off some water.

Okay...got my mash temp up to target at about 30 mins into the mash by adding another gal of water. I'm going to mash and boil longer. Thanks for your advice!

pellis007 01-01-2013 04:19 PM

Okay, so here's my next problem. I have so much water in my MLT that I've floated my manifold....lol. I think it's time for a homebrew.

pellis007 01-01-2013 10:09 PM

Despite my screw-ups, I ended up making beer anyway. Got my MLT manifold reset, mashed for 75 mins batch-sparged with the beersmith recommend water quantity, and sparged a second time with enough water to give me my target pre-boil volume. Brewhouse efficiency ended up at 75.96%. SG was a little high at 1.062. I was targeting 1.059. Thanks for you help ColoHox. If anyone is interested, I posted some pictures of brewday today. I can't figure out how to put them in order on photobucket....sorry.

http://s1309.beta.photobucket.com/user/pellis007/library/Brew%20Day%201-1-13

ColoHox 01-01-2013 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by pellis007 (Post 4735877)
Despite my screw-ups, I ended up making beer anyway. Got my MLT manifold reset, mashed for 75 mins batch-sparged with the beersmith recommend water quantity, and sparged a second time with enough water to give me my target pre-boil volume. Brewhouse efficiency ended up at 75.96%. SG was a little high at 1.062. I was targeting 1.059. Thanks for you help ColoHox. If anyone is interested, I posted some pictures of brewday today. I can't figure out how to put them in order on photobucket....sorry.

http://s1309.beta.photobucket.com/user/pellis007/library/Brew%20Day%201-1-13

No problem. You should probably send me some just to be sure.

BrewerBear 01-01-2013 10:31 PM

What did you brew?

pellis007 01-01-2013 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by BrewerBear (Post 4735933)
What did you brew?

I brewed a Red Hook ESB clone called Captain Hooked on Bitters by BierMuncher one of the mods on this forum. He's one some awards with it so I had to try it.


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