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Old 08-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Crazy High Efeciency - I think my LHBS Shop's Scale is off

I've been brewing all grain for about a year and a half now. The #'s for today's batch were startling. Either I got 97% efficiency, or my local shop gave me 8 extra lbs of grain. I'm thinking that it may be more like 7 extra lbs and their grinder is a bit on the tight side, as it to quite a while to drain the mash & sparge.


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Old 08-25-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Eight pounds is a lot of grain, unless you are doing a 10 gallon batch of a big beer, you should have noticed it was heavy. I look at the bag for a RIS and compare that to a simple beer with 10 to 12 pounds of grain and I can tell the difference from across the room.


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Old 08-25-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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8 pounds of extra grain??? That would almost double most of my recipes!

I suspect either you have gotten rotten efficiency on your previous batches as a comparative or you made a miscalculation somewhere.

IMO 97% is near impossible!

Bet it will be good!
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My #s are definitely accurate. I checked them with bot a hydrometer and refractometer. It was a 12 gallon batch (22.5lb grain bill) so I am figuring it had to be additional grain. The bag is marked with my exact order. I am just trying to figure out what the extra is.
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:14 AM   #5
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Not gonna help you now, but this is why I always weigh out my own grains, even if it's just weighing the one pound bag from the supplier before I pour it in.

As they say, "Trust no one."
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Not gonna help you now, but this is why I always weigh out my own grains, even if it's just weighing the one pound bag from the supplier before I pour it in.

As they say, "Trust no one."
Lesson learned. I primarily buy bulk grain and grid it myself. Today's batch was a Vienna lager. I don't use Vienna often enough to justify keeping it in bulk, so u just emailed my order.
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Did you calculate numbers by software? Might want to check the numbers it has for the malt. For example, I know Hopville's Beer Calculus has generic Golden Promise at 32ppg, when I've always seen it higher than that.
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:24 AM   #8
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You can ballpark the initial weight if you still have the mashed grain. Assuming grain soaks up about 1.25 quarts/lbs, and one gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds...
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Your mash would have been extremely thick if you didn't compensate for the extra grain. Just the mash volume alone should have raised questions.
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Your mash would have been extremely thick if you didn't compensate for the extra grain. Just the mash volume alone should have raised questions.
It did seem a bit thick, however being that I am batch sparging with realitively thin ratio to start with, this can be tough to tell.

I went back through all of my #'s this morning, and it is coming in to be exactly 6 lbs high on the base malt.

I am going to investigate how they pull their orders. At the shop I use, the grain is all stored upstairs, and they just go pull it for you. I'm not sure if they measure all at once or several lbs at a time. My personal scale maxes out at 6 lbs, so I am wondering if theirs is similar. Another possibility, they may have used a different container on their scale prior to pulling my order and it been zero'd at -6lbs without them realizing it.

The other factor that is leading me toward extra grain is that my initial mash temp came in low by 3 degrees. I haven't had more than a 1/2 degree variance in a long time. The additional grain would explain this.


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