83% eff. Finally some sucess

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discgolfin

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I have been brewing all grain for 6 months now and have been stuck at 60 to 65% eff. I finally got my barley crusher which brought me up to 70%. I was expecting better results. I went all out with a big RIS 1.11 OG. I know with a big grain bill u lose some eff. So I split it into my 5 and 10 gal cooler. This way I did a full mash out. Let sit 15 minutes this was after I upped my 60 min rest to 90 min. Lost a bit of temp. Sparge with a full sparge and had 15 gallons pre boil. I know this is crazy but I had the day off a 2 propane tanks so I boiled for 4 hrs. I upped my grain bill to make up for eff and actually hit higher than the 75% for the recipe. I boiled down a bit less and made 6 gallons of this black beauty at 1.115 ish OG. IF I boiled down to 5 gallons this would have been 14% ABV. :cross:

Long story but wanted to share a bit of all grain success finally. :ban:

I think once u get everything dialed in it makes all the difference. This big beer was blowing off at 2 HRS!!!! yikes


Things that helped my eff:
1. full mash out and let sit 15 min
2. full sparge split into 2 let each sit 15 min
3. barley crusher:rockin:
4. not sure if it did much but 90 min rest(I had the time)

Jay
 
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Thanks, It does feel good. Because it makes all the reading and learning feel as if it has finally worked.

With an OG of 1.12 and estimate final gravity of 1.024ish. I will probably leave in priamry 2 weeks and secondary 4 weeks. Bottle and wait at the very least a month before I taste. I should age a year before it gets great. It probably will be great for next winter. I have i higher IBU of about 90. Lots of choc. and dark malt..should be a very complex beer. This is Russian Unoradox Stout from the database. I just changed the hops a bit.

Jay
 
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