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    Imperial Stout low ABV outcome

    Hello all, I've had back luck with two batches of an imperial stout with everything the same. It's not bad, but the abv for the 19 lbs came out to 6.5% abv. I was shooting for 9% or so. It's strange to me, since my previous batch before was an oktoberfest-like ale shooting for 5-6%, but turned...
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    Sparging Correctly for maximum efficiency

    My questions is mainly about the flow of fly sparging from the hot liquor tank to the mash tun, as well as the mash tun to the boiling pot. Many have said that it should be 45 minutes minimum (after vorlauf). Does that mean that it should be a very slow flow coming from both of those pots? I...