So I just boiled up my second all grain. I tried Lil Sparky's Nut brown
Recipe Type: All Grain
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.012
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 16.3 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14
If you like nut browns, you'll love this one!
Amount Item Type % or IBU
9.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 76.6 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 8.5 %
1.00 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 8.5 %
0.50 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 4.3 %
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2.1 %
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50%] (60 min) Hops 14.7 IBU Subbed Willemette
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00%] (15 min) Hops 8.1 IBU
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale
Added 1/2 rice hulls
Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Mash Grain Weight: 11.75 lb
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Sparge Water: 4.21 gal
Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 14.69 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F 60 min
Eveything went according to plan from what I can tell...I ended up with 6.5 gallons in to the kettle @ 1.048 like it says in BEERsmith which puts my eff @ 74% into the kettle. I lost about 1 3/8 gallons do to boil off so I topped off to 5.5 like Beersmith indicated but then my OG was only 1.044 which puts my eff @ like 57%....then pitched yeast.
Ok so I got a couple of questions to help me figure out what I did wrong:
1) Is it possible for my efficiency to suffer so much during the boil since it was spot on pre-boil?
2) Is it possible I was supposed to take my OG reading after pitching yeast (not before) like it says in BEERsmith?
3)Is it possible that my hydrometer was broken becasue after taking my OG i removed it from the thief it cracked right in half?
4) Isit possible my Eff just sucked
BTW this was my 1st crush with a Corona