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Old 10-27-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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Default low efficacy = better beer

Why does everyone chase efficacy?

Seriously add 5 pounds of base malt to your beer and stop sparging sooner.

My lasy big beer I stopped sparging at 1.060

You might call that wasteful, but I'm not Busweiser.

I'm here for the best beer, not the least expensive.

So waste $5, you have my permission.

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Old 10-27-2012, 02:59 AM   #2
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Oh Geez, congrats for you. Enjoy your brewing efficiency and move on. Claiming beer is better with lower efficiencies is silly. I've seen this thing before with no sparge but I still think it's silly really.


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Old 10-27-2012, 03:05 AM   #3
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My efficiency is on the lower end (usually 70-72%), higher for session beers. But it's consistent. I don't care if I have low efficiency, or high efficiency, as long as my beer tastes good and I can make what I want to make consistently. Efficiency is a number I use for recipe calculation, nothing more.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:53 AM   #4
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If I get much over 80% efficiency I have problems with tannins. I could fix this by adjusting the pH of my sparge water but I'm not too worried about it. I've settled in around 75% and am happy there.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:58 AM   #5
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I only know my efficiency because Beersmith tells me. Otherwise I don't give a turkey. I am confident in my cooler mash tun with a braid; it hasn't let me down yet.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:11 AM   #6
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My efficacy is usally pretty high. My efficiency, on the other hand, varies a little.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:10 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by BBL_Brewer
My efficacy is usally pretty high. My efficiency, on the other hand, varies a little.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Piratwolf View Post
High efficacy = good beer.
High efficiency = stronger (still good in my case) beer.

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Old 10-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #9
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I'm not chasing numbers but I also would rather use the ingredients that I have then throw away a bunch of fermentables and add $5 worth of DME. Not sure what the OP is trying to say. If you want to make your brew day easier just switch to Extract and spend the extra $$ doing that. Adding DME instead of sparging will not make you better beer though.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:48 AM   #10
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I think the chasing of efficiency is important to an extent in order to maximize your cost effectiveness. To an extent, high efficiency is a good thing. But it depends on what kind of beer you are brewing as well as your tastes and preferences.

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