I brewed again this past weekend. I did have a slightly higher Brewhouse Efficiency (65%) but still lower than I had been getting with a bazooka screen. Here is my recipe and steps, in hopes that someone might be able to point something out to get my efficiency a little higher:

HOME BREW RECIPE:

Title: Belgian Saison

Author: Tim

Brew Method: All Grain

Style Name: Saison

Boil Time: 60 min

Batch Size: 8 gallons (fermentor volume)

Boil Size: 9.5 gallons

Boil Gravity: 1.047

Efficiency: 70% (brew house)

STATS:

Original Gravity: 1.055

Final Gravity: 1.011

ABV (standard): 5.83%

IBU (tinseth): 25.71

SRM (morey): 3.14

FERMENTABLES:

14 lb - German - Pilsner (87.5%)

1 lb - German - Carapils (6.3%)

1 lb - Cane Sugar (6.3%) (late addition - 10 minutes remaining in boil)

HOPS:

3 oz - Saaz, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.5, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 25.71

MASH GUIDELINES:

1) Infusion, Temp: 120 F, Time: 15 min

2) Infusion, Temp: 150 F, Time: 45 min

Starting Mash Thickness: 1.25 qt/lb

Generated by Brewer's Friend -

http://www.brewersfriend.com/Date: 2016-09-15 01:40 UTC

Recipe Last Updated: 2016-09-10 16:38 UTC

---- BREW STEPS ----

Heated strike water of 4.75 gallons to mash in

Crushed grain (see photos)

Added 4.75 gallons of strike water to mash tun

added grains and stirred.

1.25 gts per lb

first rest 127 degrees F

added 2 gallons boiling to raise to 150.

added 2 gallons boiling to raise to mashout at 168.

Vorlaufed, then drained to kettle

batch sparged with 170 degree water (4 gallons)

Vorlaufed, then drained volume to kettle.

Boiled for one hour and ended up with 8.25 gallons in the fermentors (expected 8, so a little high).

Calculations from Brewer's Friend:

Conversion: 77.7%

Pre-Boil: 60% 22.6 ppg

Ending Kettle: 74% 29 ppg

Brew House: 65% 25.8 ppg

Gravity reading measured after it cooled -- 1.050

Looking for some suggestions. Am I doing anything fundamentally wrong, or could I improve my process?

Thanks,

Tim