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Old 04-30-2013, 10:59 PM   #11
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You pretty much can't have too much water. Standard mash range goes up to 3qt/gal and biab no sparge uses very thin mashes. Of course the mash water volume effects the sparge water volume.

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Old 05-01-2013, 02:53 AM   #12
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I've used this calculator and been spot on every time (well, excepting that one time my digital thermometer broke and gave me a reading higher than my strike water temp - but again, my thermometer broke so I discount that time).

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I've also used the brewers friend calc. It's been very accurate for me. I don't preheat either. I like my temp a little high then stir to bring it down.
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Thank you all for your responses and advice. As it was my first all grain I was rather happy for how smoothly it went. Other than the low strike temp and having to add a bunch of water everything else went extraordinarily better than I was expecting. My vorlouf technique needs some work but for a first run with my system I got between 70-75% efficiency depending on the calculator I plugged it into and the kind of efficiency I was calculating. I figured I would be in the 60's and would have been happy staying out of the 50's so 70ish was a nice surprise.

I will say though watching that giant foamy mess heading for the rim of my BK prior to the hot break was a little nerve racking--don't remember that happening on my extract brews!!

Unfortunately I wont be able to do another batch for at least a month in order to avoid the disapproving glares from my wife, but when that day comes I will take all your advice to heart and see if I can improve things. Thanks again.
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