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Old 02-09-2009, 04:17 AM   #181
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I took tea-bag a little too literally. I actually dunked the bag repeatedly for 5 minutes. I also mashed for only 45 minutes. I'm confident that next time I can get higher efficiency that 60%. Thanks for the great write up!

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Old 02-09-2009, 12:51 PM   #182
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This is pretty cool!

I need to get the additional brew kettle, but I will have to try this in the future.

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Old 02-09-2009, 06:10 PM   #183
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I took tea-bag a little too literally. I actually dunked the bag repeatedly for 5 minutes. I also mashed for only 45 minutes. I'm confident that next time I can get higher efficiency that 60%. Thanks for the great write up!
Don't dunk the bag. Let it sit. 45 minutes should probably do it, but 60 minutes will ensure better conversion. Also, let it sit in the sparge water for 10 minutes after stirring. This will help extract more from the grains.
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:55 AM   #184
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Don't dunk the bag. Let it sit. 45 minutes should probably do it, but 60 minutes will ensure better conversion. Also, let it sit in the sparge water for 10 minutes after stirring. This will help extract more from the grains.
Ok, any ill effects from dunking or just poor efficiency? Next time I will definitely mash longer. I've read about strips to test conversion, what are they called?
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:59 AM   #185
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any ill effects? just temp loss and bad mixing. It's better to let it flow around inside the pot than keep it scrunched up in the bag.

never used the strips. you can use iodophor to do a conversion test. me thinks there be a post about that in this thread, but i'm too druck right now to look for it. soryy

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:40 AM   #186
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lol ok thanks .

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Old 02-20-2009, 10:40 PM   #187
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awesome post! very informative and thanks for the pics

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Old 03-08-2009, 12:10 AM   #188
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Great Post!

I'm thinking about making the jump to AG. I want to start off with some smaller batches, maybe 2.5 gal. to get going on my stove top.

Just a question--if I do a mini-mash like that 2.5 gal. how much water should I sparge with, or doesn't it matter? I know I'll steep my grains in 1.25 qt per lbs. of grain...but I'm not sure how much to steep in, or what my overall boil will be.

BeerSmith has been some help, but I'm still learning how to navigate.

Thanks-and great post!

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@Indy418 From one noob to another, I think it is 150% of the mash volume. So for 5lbs that's 6.75qt mash and then 10.125 qt sparge for a boil volume of roughly 17qt or 4.25g.

@Deathbrewer Thanks again for this, I've just bottled my last two beers brewed with this method and they tasted great. I use a cooler to mash in and I've reached 70% on my second try.

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Just a question--if I do a mini-mash like that 2.5 gal. how much water should I sparge with, or doesn't it matter? I know I'll steep my grains in 1.25 qt per lbs. of grain...but I'm not sure how much to steep in, or what my overall boil will be.
You first need to figure out what your boil-off rate is (mine is 0.6 gal/hr). So for me, I would need to end up with 2.5+0.6 gallons after collecting mash and sparge water for a 1 hr boil. If you are going to fix the mash at 1.25 qt/lb, then you know how much water is being added to the mash. But, about 0.110 gallons of mash water will be absorbed into each pound of grain, so you figure in that loss. Then, you would sparge with the volume of water that would get you to your boil volume (in my case 2.5+0.6 gal) since there will be no absorption of sparge water by the grain at this point.
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