Originally Posted by Staestc
I have everything ordered and hope to get it brewed in the near future!
One question. Since I will be batch sparging, and have no idea what kind of efficiency I will get, should I up the base grain any to make sure I am at or slightly above the target OG?
Yes - I would shoot for 75% efficiency.
Mash per the instructions. Then do a starch converson test too to see if the starch converted to sugar. Buy some iodine at your local pharmacy. Its probably less than $2.00.
To do this test you spoon out some mash (tablespoon sized) solid and liquid. Put it on a white plate. Put one drop of iodine on your extracted sample. If it turns from brownish-red to a black color. Mash longer. The conversion is not complete. If it doesn't change color you can commense your sparge. Its that simple.
Discard the test sample into the trash.
If you find amylase enzyme at your homebrew shop you can add a teaspoon the to the mash after you mash in. Basically during the first round of stirring. Its not necessary. Its cheap insurance to get higher mash efficiency.