I plan to do my first all grain batch this weekend, so forgive me if this is a stupid question.
I have a SABCO false bottom that sits a couple inches above the bottom of the keg (as it is supposed to). Therefore, approximately 1 to 2 gallons of water exists beneath it. (maybe only 1, I havent measured yet).
My quesiton is as follows:
If my recipe calls for a 1.25 quart to 1lb of grain ratio, whats the deal with the amount of water required to reach the bottom of the grain?
Do I start my 1.25 quarts/1lb ratio AFTER i reach the bottom of the grain bed, or do I just use a straight 1.25qt/1lb ratio, and not worry about the water that wont contact the grain bed? If I do the latter, after I mash out, will I still have water sitting on top of grain bed?