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Old 05-02-2014, 07:21 PM   #11
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why don't you fly sparge next time. You're supposed to get higher eff with a fly sprage vs batch sparge. i never mix the mash after i get it to the right temp and do the saach rest. my eff is around 90%.

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Old 05-02-2014, 07:55 PM   #12
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Recipe calls for OG of 1.039 @ 5.5 gallons. The brewersfriend calculator shows @ the correct volume you'd be @ 1.036. The larger volume seems to be half of what's missing, crush is maybe the rest. Very close and certainly not bad for a first all-grain brew with a bunch of new equipment. I brewed the same beer ten days ago. Second batch ever and first all-grain. It was much more relaxing than I thought it would be.
This is right, looks like you would have only been 3 points off if you had gotten the right post boil volume. Now you know your boil off rate is about 1 gallon per hour, so you can tailor your recipes to that. And only missing by 3 points is not bad at all. It may be a crush issue, but I wouldn't worry about it right now. Just keep doing everything consistently and then see where your efficiency usually ends up. Then once you get a process down you can try to raise your efficiency if you want to. But just below 70% sounds fine to me.

Also, I would not recommend 5.2 stabilizer. I've pretty much only heard bad things about it. If you want to get into water chemistry and pH I would read up on it A LOT and use traditional salts (like gypsum, calcium chloride, etc.), acid, and a water chemistry calculator like Brewer's Friend or Bru'n Water. You probably don't need to worry about that quite yet either though.

And when you batch sparge you don't have to wait any time at all for the grain bed to settle. You don't really have to worry about the grain bed at all. Just drain your first runnings, add the sparge water, mix it up really well, vourlaf, and drain. Also, you can drain as fast as you want. Or I guess as fast as you can without getting a stuck sparge.

Hope this helps, and have fun with your re-brew!
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:21 PM   #13
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When I started doing all-grain brewing, my efficiency was poor on my first few batches. The thing I did to improve my efficiency was to stir the grain after the sparge water was added. Before, I would stir a little, but now I stir quite a bit. It really seems to help get the sugars rinsed from the grains and into the water.

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Old 05-23-2014, 07:42 PM   #14
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Hello All. I just wanted to update you all on my 2nd all grain batch. Same recipe. Just got done about 10 minutes ago, and my post boil volume and gravity were spot on. 70% efficiency according to BeerSmith. I just wanted to thank you all for your suggestions. Now to make a Russian Imperial Stout. Just kidding, I am taking baby steps.

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1.040 OG

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Old 06-22-2014, 03:41 AM   #15
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Hello All. I just wanted to update you all on my 2nd all grain batch. Same recipe. Just got done about 10 minutes ago, and my post boil volume and gravity were spot on. 70% efficiency according to BeerSmith. I just wanted to thank you all for your suggestions. Now to make a Russian Imperial Stout. Just kidding, I am taking baby steps.

Centennial Blonde
6.5 Gal pre-boil wort
1.033 Pre-boil gravity
5.5 Gal post-boil wort
1.040 OG
Hey DoomRider, How did the first batch with the OG of 1.032 turn out? I just did the exact same recipe and it was also my first AG batch so I probably made noobish mistakes as well but mine also came out with an OG of 1.032 post boil. I'm kinda worried its ruined. How did it turn out for you?
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It turned out fine. A buddy and I had a few yesterday to be honest. It is pretty light, but still tons of flavor. I wouldn't worry about it. Definitely NOT ruined by any means. This is without a doubt the perfect summer beer. I have tried my 2nd attempt at this Blonde and it has a little more body and color to it, but not really that much different. RDWHAHB

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It turned out fine. A buddy and I had a few yesterday to be honest. It is pretty light, but still tons of flavor. I wouldn't worry about it. Definitely NOT ruined by any means. This is without a doubt the perfect summer beer. I have tried my 2nd attempt at this Blonde and it has a little more body and color to it, but not really that much different. RDWHAHB
Thats great to hear!! I'm curious, but do you remember what your FG ended up being?
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It was LOW! 1.004 was my FG for both of the blondes that I brewed. I wouldn't worry if you don't get that low though. Just made my ABV go up a little bit.

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It was LOW! 1.004 was my FG for both of the blondes that I brewed. I wouldn't worry if you don't get that low though. Just made my ABV go up a little bit.
Sweet! Thanks for the info!
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