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Old 04-05-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Hey all I'm a newbie here and this is my first post. I am currently brewing my second all grain batch and jumped straight to doing 10 gallon batches. My issue is that I'm entering all my calculations into a strike temp calculator and still coming up short of my target temperature... My setup is a half barrel hot liquor tank that I'm heating liquor to 175 and then pouring into a water cooler mash tun and stirring in my grain only to come up shy of my 154 target temperature by 7 to 10 degrees. What am I doing wrong and what can I do to assist this issue?


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Old 04-05-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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did you check the calibration on all of your thermometers?


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Old 04-05-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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Do you preheat your cooler?
If it is cold outside and your cooler is nice and cold, it can suck a lot of heat out of the mash just getting up to temp.

EDIT: oh you are in Florida lol......most likely not the problem Im guessing.
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...then pouring into a water cooler mash tun and stirring in my grain only to come up shy of my 154 target temperature by 7 to 10 degrees. What am I doing wrong and what can I do to assist this issue?
Wait a minute.
Are you pouring the water into your tun THEN putting the grain in?
This is not a good idea.

Pour all of your grain into the tun, then slowly add the water while stirring it around.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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Wait a minute.
Are you pouring the water into your tun THEN putting the grain in?
This is not a good idea.

Pour all of your grain into the tun, then slowly add the water while stirring it around.
Interesting, all videos I have seen including northern brewers shows them adding grain to the water.... It helps reduce dough ball problems

OP did you input the temp of your grain, quanity, temp of mashtun.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:10 PM   #6
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I pour my water into grains just for this reason. No problem with dough balls here. Allows me to control my temps better
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:11 PM   #7
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Interesting, all videos I have seen including northern brewers shows them adding grain to the water.... It helps reduce dough ball problems
The other poster has his own way that differs from most everyone else. If it works for him fine. But the accepted method used by most is adding the grain to the water.
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The other poster has his own way that differs from most everyone else. If it works for him fine. But the accepted method used by most is adding the grain to the water.
Most everyone else? I thought water to grain was standard practice.

I guess when I started brewing and read HBT I just thought that's how everyone did it.

Although I never have doughball problems or temp problems so I dont see changing any time soon.
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Just goes to show you there really is no "right" way to brew beer.
I would like to split my next batch of wheat, half normal with airlock half open fermentation just to see the difference.

Rules? What rules? I dont see no stinken rules!
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I could be completely off base here but are you accounting for the temperature loss that occurs during the transfer of water from the HLT to the mash tun? The strike water calculator I use does not.

I know from experience that I lose 6 degrees during this transfer. If the strike water calculator says to dough in at 166 degrees I know my water needs to be 172 leaving the HLT so that it will be 166 when I start adding the grain.


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