Originally Posted by GenIke
Thanks for the informative post.
I'm expecting a brew demon sometime soon and thought this might be a way to both use my new toy and experiment with all grain or at least a partial mash. Think I could get a 2.5 gallon batch out of 4 gallon pot?
I usually mash with about 3.5 gallons, maybe slightly more. Start with just over 3 gallons in the kettle, heat up to about 150, add the grains, then top up to the kettle's limit and add a little more heat to get to mash temp. Do a couple of squeezes/dunk sparges and then a final squeeze to get as much liquid out of the grain as possible.
Ended up adding about 1 litre to the boil near the end last Friday, because had done a particularly strong rolling boil and it looked like the level was a little low in the kettle. Managed to get a bit over 2.5 G into the Mr. Beer LBK whilst comfortably leaving a bit of kettle trub, mostly hop sediment, behind.