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Old 10-09-2012, 03:36 AM   #11
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That's what I was kinda doing I guess. I tilted the tun till it was empty.

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:37 AM   #12
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Was what I was doing okay or kinda what u do?

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:38 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Glynn

Put 3 gals of water in your tun and measure what you get back with out tipping the tuns, if you get back 2.5 gals then your dead space is .5 gal. I personally don't measure dead space when i do my mash i tilt the tun to extract all that i can and then batch sparge with 175 degree water to reach 7 gal of total wort. after a 60 min boil I'm usually at or just under 5.5 gal
This is exactly how i do it too. With my system, i have about 4 gallons of sparge water sitting between 172-178 degrees. I batch sparge so ill usually have some left in the mash tun but ill have collected 6.5 to 7 gallons pre boil. I hit around 80% efficiency according to the online calculators i use.

Also, the "weak" tasting beer could be that your crush may be to blame or just not enough grain to start with.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:50 AM   #14
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I get crushed grains frim brewmaster warehouse I'm not sure how great their grain is. Their customer service is garbage but I live just a few miles down the road so it's really easy. I'd rather use other shops but it's to easy to go to brewmasters

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:58 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by benzy4010
I get crushed grains frim brewmaster warehouse I'm not sure how great their grain is. Their customer service is garbage but I live just a few miles down the road so it's really easy. I'd rather use other shops but it's to easy to go to brewmasters
If you have the means, order a mill for yourself. "The barley crusher" works amazing. Or try some different online stores. Homebrewheaven.com has awesome products and ships pretty quick.

Also, what temp have you been mashing and what are you using for a mash tun?

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:47 PM   #16
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When I put three gallons in tun it's empty right don't need any grain or anything?

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:48 PM   #17
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The last recipe was a brown ale at 152 I believe and it's a Coleman 50 qt cooler with bazooka screen and ball value. Only lose about a degree in an hour

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:52 PM   #18
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Like this without the manifold just a bazooka screen


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Old 10-11-2012, 08:59 PM   #19
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When I put three gallons in tun it's empty right don't need any grain or anything?
Correct. Just tap water. All you are doing is measuring the dead space. Put 3 in and let it drain into a container so you can measure what you get back with the tun sitting level, dont tilt it for this measurment.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:59 PM   #20
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Here's my brown ale


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Do most people cold crash brown ales?

 
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