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Old 02-08-2009, 04:05 AM   #11
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update: I batch sparged using option A and at the end of the day, I ended up with a brewhouse efficiency of close to 79%!!! I guess AHS does a pretty good job with their crush. (So much for convincing SWMBO I need that new barley crusher)

All went well for my first all-grain brew. I hit all my temperatures spot on and actually ended up a couple points above the target S.G. The only downside was from getting the equipment out to cleaning it up and putting it back away, it was a little over 6 hours! Hopefully I can trim almost an hour off of that next time...

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Old 02-08-2009, 04:17 AM   #12
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congrats.. i hit 79% my first allgrain last weekend.. oddly enough ingredients were ordered from AHS as well..

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Old 02-08-2009, 04:33 AM   #13
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Yes, Beersmith is definitely worth the money! I think there is an option on the mash profile detail button that lets you choosed equal size batch sparges. It will give you a low sparge temp of like 168. You can go back in and up it to whatever you want. Took me a while to get the program figured out, still learning it. Lots of handy features in there once you find em.

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Old 02-08-2009, 06:01 AM   #14
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c) don't sparge with more water than you mashed with. Alternately, sparge with more water than you mashed with and brag about your efficiency.

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Old 02-08-2009, 01:59 PM   #15
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That sounds like a pretty arbitrary rule of thumb and it fails when the intended OG is under 1.045 or so. I just did a 1.038 OG beer and my strike was 5.5 gal (1.6qt/lb ratio) and my sparge to hit preboil was 8.5 gallons. I assure you I wasn't choosing that strike/sparge ratio for any bragging purposes. I suppose I could have gone to a 2qt/lb ratio but it's thinner than I prefer to mash.

Are you making a claim about suffering wort quality at high efficiencies? My sparge runnings were 1.016 and in safe PH range. Did I ruin my beer?
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