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Old 01-19-2009, 01:25 AM   #11
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Thanks Yooper-

As usual, prompt and courteous...


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Old 01-19-2009, 01:28 AM   #12
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Thanks Yooper-

As usual, prompt and courteous...
Awww shucks. I'm blushing.

But.........did I answer the question?

We all talk about efficiency. That's important, of course. But, to my mind it's much more relaxing to improve your technique to make the best beer you can and then accept what you have. If it means buying another 2 pounds of malt to get to the desired OG, then so be it. It does NOT mean that you are a better brewer if your efficiency is 89% and mine is 70%. It is simply the number that your equipment can give you. Not a reflection of ability or quality!


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Old 01-19-2009, 01:43 AM   #13
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Awww shucks. I'm blushing.

But.........did I answer the question?

We all talk about efficiency. That's important, of course. But, to my mind it's much more relaxing to improve your technique to make the best beer you can and then accept what you have. If it means buying another 2 pounds of malt to get to the desired OG, then so be it. It does NOT mean that you are a better brewer if your efficiency is 89% and mine is 70%. It is simply the number that your equipment can give you. Not a reflection of ability or quality!

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Yeah, you answered the question.. At least enough for me to do what you recommended.. Do the best you can and accept what you got.. Of course, I am going to keep trying to tweak things and see if I cant squeeze out a higher efficiency.. At least till I have made enough all grain batches to have exhausted all possible avenues.. Heck, that's half the fun! At the point where I have tried everything, I will accept my system for what it is and stop reading so many posts about efficiency! Thanks again...
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Bullrider4:

teh Yoop is right on here. Whether your efficiency is 60%, 75%, or 90%, the key is in getting your process down to the point where you're consistent, so you can hit the OG target for your recipe.

Bobby_M put together a very nice primer for AG brewing and batch sparging. HEre's the location: http://www.suebob.com/brew/Bobby_M%2...n%20primer.pdf

If you read this carefully, it should cover your questions about batch sparging and give you some techniques that might just help.
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I'm new to all grain brewing and just transferred my wort to the kettle from the mash tun. My recipe's OG is 1.070. I just took a refractometer reading of the wort and it's at 1.045. We added 1 gallon of extra sparge water at the end to get the right pre-boil volume, so now I'm worried that I added too much water.

I am making a clone of Ommegang Hennepin Saison. Thanks!

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Don't confuse mash efficiency with brewhouse efficiency.
I get pretty good mash efficiency, but horrible brewhouse efficiency because I have some dead space and choose to leave a lot of gunk behind after the boil.
To me, the number to watch is the mash efficiency.


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