« on: November 30, 2010, 06:50:22 AM »
I agree.I think I figured out what they are trying to tell me.This is the mistake they're making, in my opinion. I recommend upping the qts/# with smaller grain bills. Generally, I add enough water to the mash to get half my volume from first runnings after absorption.
10 lbs grain 10 gallon batch 1 quart per lb= 2.5 mash 8.8 sparge
For example, for 10# in a 10 gallon batch, assuming 1.2 gallons absorbed and 1 gallon boiled off:
6.7 gallons mash water, for 2.68 qt/#.
5.5. gallons sparge water.
If the 2.68 qt/# makes you nervous, then mash in with 5 gallons, for 2 qt/# and add the remaining 1.7 gallons as a mashout or to the sparge.
I just threw those numbers out there to illustrate the point they were trying to make. I agree with adjusting the mash water grain ratio. I would rather up the mash water and do one batch sparge, then hold hard and fast to quarts per pound rule and do double sparge.
Nobody actually said to use those numbers.