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New Equipment, New Issues
« on: Today at 06:19:46 AM »
Hey everyone,

I finally bought my own equipment after brewing with a friend for a while.  I bought the SSBrewtech Infussion MT and Kettle.  I also got the chugger pump and duda energy 30 plate wort chiller.  I've made two batches with this new setup and have ended up low in my conical fermenters.  I'm only getting 4 gallons into the fermenter and a lower than expected OG.  I'm assuming this means I'm not getting full conversion AND losing water somewhere.  Now, I've noticed every time I transfer water/wort I end up losing a little in my lines but I don't know how to account for this in BeerSmith.  While I'm losing water/wort in the lines, I'd still need to figure out why I'm not getting the correct OG.  I'm currently set up to do a single infussion mash with no mashout and fly sparging. using a 5 gallon water cooler as my HLT. 

I'd love to hear your input, thanks so much for any help you can provide me with.

 
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Re: New Equipment, New Issues
« Reply #1 on: Today at 09:38:29 AM »
Have you checked the volume marks on all of your equipment? You need to find gallon jug and weigh out 3785 grams of water in the jug and mark exactly where the fill point is for that mass of water is in the jug. Then you can quickly fill up jug after jug to sequentially see how volume marks on equipment line up with your reality.

Be sure to check the HLT, tun, and fermenter. Maybe one or more of them is off.

PS: if the volume mark is on one side of a piece of equipment, then the equipment needs to be on a level floor. One way to check for levelness is to rotate the equipment 180 degrees and see if the liquid level varied with respect to your volume marks.
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