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Old 07-21-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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As I have been reading and learning, I keep hearing that the water to lbs of grain ratio when mashing should be about 1-1.25qt per pound of grain. Most recipes I have studied call for a 60 minute boil (5 gallon batches) what I'm confused about is this..If the grainbill is only 8-9lbs of grain for a low gravity beer, or 12-13lbs for a higher gravity beer, how will the same ratio work for both recipes and end up with the same post boil amount of wort??


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As I have been reading and learning, I keep hearing that the water to lbs of grain ratio when mashing should be about 1-1.25qt per pound of grain. Most recipes I have studied call for a 60 minute boil (5 gallon batches) what I'm confused about is this..If the grainbill is only 8-9lbs of grain for a low gravity beer, or 12-13lbs for a higher gravity beer, how will the same ratio work for both recipes and end up with the same post boil amount of wort??


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Because of absorption. More grain absorbs more water. As long as the (Grain:Water) ratio and the boil time is consistent, your post boil volume will also be consistent. However, the amount of starch converted to sugar will always be a factor of the amount of grain and your conversion efficiency. Because more grain = more starch converted to sugar.

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That ratio is for mashing. You then sparge with more water to reach the boil volume.
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That ratio is for mashing. You then sparge with more water to reach the boil volume.
This is true. In my previous statement I left out the sparge step. But if all aspects are consistent (including the sparge water volume), post boil volume is the same.

If i understand the question of the OP it was related to how the ratio maintains a consistent volume in both scenarios when more water is necessary for increased grain weight.
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That makes perfect sense. Thanks guys!
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That makes perfect sense. Thanks guys!
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