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All Grain Brewing / Re: High gravity efficiency troubles
« on: February 09, 2015, 01:15:14 PM »
As others have said, try mashing thicker to sparge more. Be sure the sparge is SLOW as well.

I had the opposite problem yesterday. Normally my mash efficiency on bigger beers is down near 65%, so I actually set BeerSmith to assume for this beer I made yesterday so that I wouldn't miss OG be 10 points. I hit 83% efficiency, and overshot pre-boil by 18 points. Guess this beer will be about 2% stronger than I wanted...

Now I have to figure out what the hell I did that got me normal strength efficiency on a beer with 17.5 lb of grain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter help?
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:54:29 PM »
That one should be able to take a normal carbon filter. It's a standardized size for these filters, so everything's interchangeable.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Let's see some dunkel recipes
« on: December 02, 2014, 08:29:46 PM »
This is making me wonder if the Best Malz is why my german style beers always win medals.

Looks like I'm not going to change using it, and may use it in non-german styles

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Could be the first wort hopping?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Will it work?
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:46:15 AM »
Maybe others can chime in, but I feel like 3 qt/lb will dilute the enzymes a bit too much and that could result in a lower efficiency. Not 100% sure on that, though.

I also feel like 68% efficiency is a bit hopeful for no-sparge BIAB.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Will it work?
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:37:35 AM »
It's about double normal for a mash. Are you sure you don't want to reserve some of that water for sparging?

I put 6 gallons in my fermentor and start pre-boil at 8 gallons, so that's my volume after sparging with about 4-4.8 gallons.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Will it work?
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:32:22 AM »
It'll need ~8.9 gallons of space, so it'll fit.

But that's a 3 qt/lb mash thickness. What's going on here?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 5 Gal Mash Tun
« on: October 31, 2014, 09:44:03 AM »
Yea, and if you run out of volume for the mash out, decocting is easy as you can just drain off the amount you need rather than having to scoop and measure.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 5 Gal Mash Tun
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:35:52 PM »
I can fit my smaller beers into 5 gal of volume of my 10 gal cooler if they're single infusion. Multi steps won't work. I end up having to decoct larger beers because I'd run out of volume if I infused... even just going 131-150-170.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 29, 2014, 06:16:40 PM »
I added directly to the kettle once the syrup seemed ready.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:23:10 PM »
Denny, you know how long, roughly, it takes you to boil that down?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:47:51 PM »
Brewing it right now!

I boiled down until I had a nice thick syrupy thing that was extremely sweet and caramely and would foam up the entire stock pot if left. Coated a spoon with a nice, sticky, thick layer, too. Steam was still boiling off, the temp never went above 212°F, and it measured out to be 1 qt.

So I didn't take it up to the soft ball stage or anything, or boil it down to a pint, but it still became about what seemed right. I could have taken it further but that'd require moving it to a smaller pot to get an accurate temperature reading and that's a whole bunch of syrupy mess!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:59:29 AM »
I may throw my candy thermometer in the pot and see what it gets down to once it's down to a quart. Brewing this on the 18th or 19th so I can report back

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:15:42 AM »
+ eleventy billion and 14

Well if I wasn't convinced before...

Should I keep with a 90 minute boil like normal, then? And collect 0.75 gallons more in total?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:08:10 PM »
That's about the boil vigor I see with both burners going full, any less and it'd be a simmer. It's a mighty wide pot, so there's not a whole lot I can do about it. With the lid partially on, I get 15% loss per hour. I don't have figures for what it was with it completely off as I calibrated that a long time ago.

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