Mash temp advice is solid. I'd say if you go for 148, mash for 90 min. to ensure complete conversion.
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btw and not to hijack the thread....is Ken Schwartz still around in the homebrewing scene somewhere?Just wondering.
I would say the west coast philosophy is "hops, hops and more hops."
Absorption - According to Denny's write up of "Cheap 'n' Easy Batch Sparge Brewing" ( found at http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/ ) water absorbed by grain is around .1 gal./lb.
Ron, the actual event was some time ago, and I am enjoying the lifestyle. You should try it someday.
Come on Denny, even I do better than that!
Thanks, I think you're right, being a dad is pretty awesome for me. There's only a little bit of jealousy towards my friends who have no kids and jet off on vacation at the drop of a hat.
Comparing conversion of 1qt/lb to 3.4qt/lb, the thinner mash increased converson by 16%. 2qt/lb was 9.5% more efficient. This would definitely compensate for reduced sparge volume resulting from using a higher mash volume. I'm not sure this aspect was included in the study that concluded that equal runnings were ideal. I haven't seen that info.
Made up 3 qts of 1.033 wort with 3/4 tsp yeast nutrient.
That's at least 3x what I meant when I said "half a pinch"! I'm sure it will be fine though.
I got big fingers!
Naw really the the packet of nutrient said "1 tsp per gallon".