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Offline brewinhard

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Re: High gravity efficiency troubles
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2015, 10:57:03 PM »
+1 to an extended boil.  I like to no sparge a lot of beers (even big daddy ones) which drops my efficiency to 45-50% sometimes.  This sometimes means a 2-3 hr boil to hit my intended gravities.  Oh well...just more time to clean out the mash tun I guess!

Offline colinhayes

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Re: High gravity efficiency troubles
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2015, 08:15:14 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.