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Old 12-01-2013, 02:14 PM   #131
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Try looking at your grinder/mill settings. I run at .032 and 70/75 percent Efficiency. That's the best place to start. You add a little more grain next time as well. I started with Cream of three crops when i started all grain to dial in everything, only because it is a low grain weight and I get about 90 percent Efficiency. 1.042 is not to bad just a little low but you will still make good beer.

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Old 12-02-2013, 01:22 PM   #132
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Thanks. I wasn't too worried about the 1.042 FG, it would just be a little lower ABV.

I was afraid you would call out the mill settings. I don't have my own mill. I can use the mill at the store when I buy the grains. I have no idea where theirs is set. It did look like many were not getting cracked so I ran everything through twice. I asked one of the guys there and they said they had recently adjusted the mill but he didn't know to where.

I was hoping to not have to buy my own mill. I don't see a savings in buying bulk to offset the cost. Having to add more grains to compensate for the low effeciency will add cost as well but at least it is not all coming out of the pocket at once. I will have to think about that.

I know corona style mills can be found pretty cheaply so maybe that is an option.

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Old 12-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #133
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Corona mill is what I have. It's a $35 want to be but it works and had it for 2 years now. Buying bulk grains is always a money saver. I would have them recheck the mills setting. Buying my own mill was one of the best investments I ever did when going to all gain. Ebay has cheap mills that get the job done.

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:18 AM   #134
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I have a mill on my Christmas wish list so we will see.

Should the mash be stirred during the process or just let it sit?

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:09 AM   #135
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I have a mill on my Christmas wish list so we will see. Should the mash be stirred during the process or just let it sit?
I usually stir my mash 3-4times throughout the hour mash.
Then when adding sparge water since I batch sparge I will stir the $h!+ out of it then let it sit for 10min then drain then second sparge and stir like a madman again then wait 10 and drain.
I usually get 75-85% efficiency on my system
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I usually stir my mash 3-4times throughout the hour mash.
Then when adding sparge water since I batch sparge I will stir the $h!+ out of it then let it sit for 10min then drain then second sparge and stir like a madman again then wait 10 and drain.
I usually get 75-85% efficiency on my system
I on the other hand found by only stiring the sparge in the beginning works best for me. I was getting a lot of stuck sparges by stiring while in the mash process. Doesn't seem to effect my efficiency one way or another.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:42 PM   #137
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I do stir once after adding the sparge water but not sure if I was giving it a full 10 minutes before draining. I am also only doing one sparge. I will have to try doing two as you suggest.

Last couple of batches had rice hulls and didn't have any sticking trouble. I havent been stirring during the mash so I will give that a try too.

Next batch I think I will take my feeler gages to the LHBS and check their mill before I grind and see for myself where they have it set. I would think that if it was set too wide, they would have heard about it from other brewers.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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I do stir one time in the beginning of the mash. 1 time in the beginning of the sparge after adding warer both times. I have only ever done a single sparge myself. I like to keep it simple. Half the amount of water in the mash and the remaining half of the water for the sparge. I dont ever mess with water amounts and it always seems to work for me. Must be because im a keep it simple kinda person.

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Old 12-09-2013, 02:35 AM   #139
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What's your OG and SRM on this recipe? 1.050 and 10?

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Yeah that's pretty close. I got 85%efficiency on this batch so my OG was 1.058 and the SRM was around 9-10 so I would think you're good with 1.050 and SRM 10

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