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Old 12-06-2012, 06:05 AM   #1361
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Next time my plan is to use just enough mash water to cover my grains and do my 6) minute or whatever amount of time I need depending on what my beersmith recipe tells me and theme in a separate container sparge with the remaining water I need so it will be more akin to my larger batch mashtun system than BIAB. Should work better for my setup that way.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:23 PM   #1362
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they came out to about 10 a piece after shipping wasnt terrible....
Not terrible...I feel like that should be the normal price though, I'm pretty sure my batches are around $5-7.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:37 PM   #1363
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I agree. Im not very pleased with the kits. Lack of instructions really gets me. I figured with the style of kit they send out they would help the beginer a bit more. I screwed up on my final hop addition because of the chart they use. It was supposed to be at 15 minutes but I couldnt see the one so it went in at 5.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #1364
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I agree. Im not very pleased with the kits. Lack of instructions really gets me. I figured with the style of kit they send out they would help the beginer a bit more. I screwed up on my final hop addition because of the chart they use. It was supposed to be at 15 minutes but I couldnt see the one so it went in at 5.
Yeah, I think they have good intentions...and they got me into actually making all grain beer. Even the starter kit isn't totally outrageous. maybe I'll start selling kits....lol.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:42 PM   #1365
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Hello all, I'm an extract brewer, and I'm sorry if this has been answered, but if I was doing a 1 gallon all-grain (yay apartment living) how much water would I need? Assuming I use say 2.5 pounds of grain.

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:45 PM   #1366
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Hello all, I'm an extract brewer, and I'm sorry if this has been answered, but if I was doing a 1 gallon all-grain (yay apartment living) how much water would I need? Assuming I use say 2.5 pounds of grain.
Depending on the beer style, 1.25 qt/lb. I'm too lazy to do math. Expect slightly lower efficiency then 5 gallon all grains
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:44 PM   #1367
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Depending on the beer style, 1.25 qt/lb. I'm too lazy to do math. Expect slightly lower efficiency then 5 gallon all grains
Thanks a bunch, I remembered there was a rule but I forgot to write the amount down. Won't make that mistake again. I have heard of the efficiency lost and I'm also doing BIAB with it as well which I also hear that that hurts the efficiency so I'm gonna have to tinker around a bit with my weights to get the right results.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:30 AM   #1368
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Thanks a bunch, I remembered there was a rule but I forgot to write the amount down. Won't make that mistake again. I have heard of the efficiency lost and I'm also doing BIAB with it as well which I also hear that that hurts the efficiency so I'm gonna have to tinker around a bit with my weights to get the right results.
For full volume biab, I use between 6-9 qts. Depending on how much grain is there to soak up water.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:16 AM   #1369
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Hoppy, if you have a recipe in mind, try to put it into one of the online recipe makers and it will help you figure it out or you could post your recipe and we could run it through beersmith or pro mash and help.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #1370
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Depending on the beer style, 1.25 qt/lb. I'm too lazy to do math. Expect slightly lower efficiency then 5 gallon all grains
Why does batch size factor into efficiency?

Also, along what bell said. You can do anywhere from 1.25 to 1.5 per pound when calculating your water. I tend to do more towards 1.5 since I like longer boils.

If I had a 2.5 pound grain bill I would probably do a 4 quart mash along with a 5 quart sparge...this should give you around 2 gallons in the boil. But like I said, I do longer boils, if your doing 1 hour and are boiling off only .5 gallons, you will have a lot left over...trial and error will be apart of figuring out your system early on.

 
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