Originally Posted by RichardMNixon
Thanks for the guide! This seemed like a pretty effortless step up from steeping/extract so I gave it a shot.
I've tried this twice now but mine doesn't quite look like this (I should have taken a picture but never did). I use the same ratio of water to grains but it doesn't seem to be enough water to cover them. I don't have grains floating in water like that, I have a tiny island of grain poking out of the water that I'm worried isn't converting well. Is my bag too narrow? My brewpot(/mash tun) too wide? Or is there something stupid I'm doing wrong?
Since no one else has replied to you I'll throw my tuppence ha'penerth in.
I'd have thought, with a name like that, you were synonymous with water and gates and stuff
Sounds like you're already realizing what the problem might be. Going by what you mentioned:
IF your bag is considerably narrower than your brew kettle then that could lead to the grains not getting sufficient contact and rinsing. Might actually be more beneficial to have a bag that is bigger than the kettle and take up slack using clips around the pot. That would allow the grain to take up a larger surface area, requiring a lower level of water to fully soak the grains.
Absolute best situation would be to have a bag that fits, exactly, your kettle.
If you post a pic or two, to better illustrate your situation, I'm sure someone will be able to offer the right advice.