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Title: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: HopDen on January 10, 2022, 02:32:42 pm
I am going to make a big beer and I don't want to mash twice. I don't have enough room to add all of the grain and all of the strike water with a  1.25qts to 1 pound ratio but I think I can if I use a 1:1 ratio. Is using a 1:1 ratio too thick of a mash? Will it affect conversion? Will it affect mash temp?

Title: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: BrewBama on January 10, 2022, 03:12:39 pm
Probably not. If so give it more time.

Have you considered adding sugar(s) or extract to hit those final gravity points vs mashing so much grain?
Title: Re: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: HopDen on January 10, 2022, 03:35:33 pm
Probably not. If so give it more time.

Have you considered adding sugar(s) or extract to hit those final gravity points vs mashing so much grain?

I already have some sugar built into the recipe so not an option on this one.
Title: Re: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: denny on January 10, 2022, 04:09:00 pm
I've found that it really doesn't matter much.  I've gone as low as .66 and as high as 3
Title: Re: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: HopDen on January 10, 2022, 04:35:11 pm
I've found that it really doesn't matter much.  I've gone as low as .66 and as high as 3

So I use a HERMS system and I will incorporate rice hulls. I don't know how you mash but did you experience a sluggish/stuck recirculation when mashing at such a low ratio?  What styles were you brewing with those mash ratios respectively ?
Title: Re: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: Bob357 on January 10, 2022, 06:57:53 pm
In cases like that, I sub in DME for some of the base malt to make the mash more manageable.
Title: Re: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: RC on January 10, 2022, 07:19:42 pm
No hulls needed unless you are using a large amount of unhusked grains. 1:1 ratio is fine. Boosting the OG with DME is useful in cases like this. Big beers are typically thicker beers, and this is where supplementing with DME is a good idea, as Bob357 stated, because DME can add some thickness.
Title: Re: Grist/Water Ratio
Post by: HopDen on January 11, 2022, 04:34:05 am
Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't think of using DME.