Originally Posted by shunoshi
Yooper, what should the mash volume be? 2.5 gallons seems way too high for 3 lbs. of grain (I'm thinking more like 1 gallon, then 1.5 gallons for sparge to make a 2.5 gallon boil?).
Otherwise the recipe sounds interesting (although I only have a 2 gallon MLT, so a 2.5 gallon mash wouldn't work
I did it just as written- all grains in a grain bag and then mashed in 2.5 gallons of water. I did a little sparge only, just about 1 quart of so to rinse the grain.
Now, you're more correct. A good volume is 1.5 quarts per pound for mashing, and then sparge. But that was my first or second pm and it worked out fine for me with those directions. Since the recipe is using LME (or DME) to make up the difference in efficiency, I wasn't too concerned about that. It did give great flavor to the beer and I was happy with it.
I've done PMs in my bottling bucket lined with a big grain bag and done them in the kettle. If you have a large grain bag, you could use your kettle. Or go ahead and use that 2 gallon MLT and do it the way you've described- that should all fit!