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Old 11-13-2012, 11:30 PM   #11
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I don't care as much about the efficiency as long as I get the flavor. My beers seem to reach higher than projected OG's anyway.

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Were I to use 2 lbs of rye malt would 1 lb of 2 row (pale) be enough? I'm concerned with how much I'd be able to fit into a 2 gal cooler.

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:38 PM   #13
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Not sure how large your boil pot is, but consider the BIAB method. I am doing some really big beers this way - eight pounds of grains followed by four to six pounds of extract - with much success. Keeping the pot on the stove which is already heated and wrapping it in a blanket looses only a couple of degrees over the hour of mashing, I have found. Check out my Colorado Imperial Red Rye recipe if you like the rye brews, it is most excellent.

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Were I to use 2 lbs of rye malt would 1 lb of 2 row (pale) be enough? I'm concerned with how much I'd be able to fit into a 2 gal cooler.
You should easily be able to fit 4 pounds of grain in a 2 gallon cooler. I'd use an equal amount of two-row as rye malt, to ensure complete conversion.

I'm not sure what you mean about not covering the grains. I meant to keep the cooler covered. The grains must be totally and completely stirred into the water, like oatmeal. If any grains are not totally immersed, then you have a problem.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:46 PM   #15
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My brew pot is 5 gal and I boil off about 1.2 gal/hr. But I can't get any more than 3.5 gals to boil, and it's typically not a good roiling boil as it's much bigger than the large burner.

I understood you on the covering (cooler), but was referring to the amount of water to grain ratio as I think I tried to follow the 2qt/lb ratio and it failed to completely submerge my grains.

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I understood you on the covering (cooler), but was referring to the amount of water to grain ratio as I think I tried to follow the 2qt/lb ratio and it failed to completely submerge my grains.
Ah. Then you need to put them in the bag looser, or get another bag. You can use two bags, or even more, if you have to as to not stuff the grains in the bag. Keep the grains in the bag(s) very loose, so that they "swim" in the grain like they're not confined in a bag. Then stir the grains (in the bag) into the water, dunking them down and fully wetting them. And then leave them fully immersed for the entire mash time. Once they are thoroughly wetted (and if they aren't too tightly packed in the bag), they'll stay under the water level. If not, your MLT is too big for the amount of grains and water you're using.
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Mine were tightly confined as I used a muslin bag.
But I have a BIAB type bag now.

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1.5 lbs of each will give me 21% rye so if it ought to be able to handle 4 lbs then i figure 3 lbs leaves plenty of room for warm up water.
Thanks! You've helped me quite a bit along my little road!

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1.5 lbs of each will give me 21% rye so if it ought to be able to handle 4 lbs then i figure 3 lbs leaves plenty of room for warm up water.
Thanks! You've helped me quite a bit along my little road!
There's a cool "can I I mash it" calculator here: http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

Scroll down a bit, and use the calculator to see the max your two-gallon cooler will hold.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:01 PM   #20
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Great tool Yooper! Once again my hero!
According to it I could start off with ~2 qts/lb and still have nearly a pint/lb for heat up water in that 2 gal cooler.

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