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water to grain ratio
« on: February 14, 2016, 06:36:54 PM »
I usually do a 1.25 qt of water per pound of grain.  If there is 2.5 lbs. of flaked maize in the grain bill, do you calculate that weight into the water ratio?  I ask because flaked maize simply melts.

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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2016, 06:41:56 PM »
I usually do a 1.25 qt of water per pound of grain.  If there is 2.5 lbs. of flaked maize in the grain bill, do you calculate that weight into the water ratio?  I ask because flaked maize simply melts.

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Personally, I count flaked maize in my calculations. It does mostly dissolve but I'm sure there's a little absorption. Worst case, you have a slightly thinner mash and slightly better efficiency. As a reference I like to mash ~ 1.75 qts/lb for most beers. No worries.
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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2016, 06:46:31 PM »
I usually do a 1.25 qt of water per pound of grain.  If there is 2.5 lbs. of flaked maize in the grain bill, do you calculate that weight into the water ratio?  I ask because flaked maize simply melts.

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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2016, 07:10:42 PM »
really..........1.75 qts?

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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2016, 07:18:05 PM »
really..........1.75 qts?

Me too... Sometimes with bigger beers I end up with 1.5 qt/lb, but I'm usually in the 1.65-1.75 range.
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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2016, 07:20:33 PM »
really..........1.75 qts?


Absolutely, occasionally up to 2 qts/lb. There are BIAB guys who mash thinner.
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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2016, 07:30:13 PM »
Denny, you use 1.65 right?

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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2016, 07:41:58 PM »
You guys just rocked my world.  For 17 years I have been using 1.25 ratio and have been getting a mash efficiency between 94-98%. Then 5.5 gl of sparge water for a 5 gallon batch.  Ferment in a 6 gallon carboy.  Perhaps I'll bump up the mash water and lose some of the sparge water.   

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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2016, 07:58:31 PM »
You guys just rocked my world.  For 17 years I have been using 1.25 ratio and have been getting a mash efficiency between 94-98%. Then 5.5 gl of sparge water for a 5 gallon batch.  Ferment in a 6 gallon carboy.  Perhaps I'll bump up the mash water and lose some of the sparge water.
FWIW, I use anywhere from 3-3.5 qt/gallon in my beers (BIAB/no-sparge) with no issues to speak of.
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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2016, 08:10:47 PM »
You guys just rocked my world.  For 17 years I have been using 1.25 ratio and have been getting a mash efficiency between 94-98%. Then 5.5 gl of sparge water for a 5 gallon batch.  Ferment in a 6 gallon carboy.  Perhaps I'll bump up the mash water and lose some of the sparge water.
FWIW, I use anywhere from 3-3.5 qt/gallon in my beers (BIAB/no-sparge) with no issues to speak of.
Those are small gallons!  8)
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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2016, 12:50:03 AM »
same here...1.80ish qt/lb is my norm and sometimes up to 2qt/lb.
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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2016, 02:01:17 AM »
You guys just rocked my world.  For 17 years I have been using 1.25 ratio and have been getting a mash efficiency between 94-98%. Then 5.5 gl of sparge water for a 5 gallon batch.  Ferment in a 6 gallon carboy.  Perhaps I'll bump up the mash water and lose some of the sparge water.
FWIW, I use anywhere from 3-3.5 qt/gallon in my beers (BIAB/no-sparge) with no issues to speak of.
Those are small gallons!  8)
Lol qt/lb obviously :)

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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2016, 02:16:00 PM »
Does anyone kick the ratio up a little bit for a lager as opposed to an ale?


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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2016, 03:19:01 PM »
Does anyone kick the ratio up a little bit for a lager as opposed to an ale?


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I often use 2 qts/lb for lagers, 1.5 or less for ales.
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Re: water to grain ratio
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2016, 04:21:18 PM »
Denny, you use 1.65 right?

That's the median, but I'll go more or less as needed.
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