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Offline HopDen

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Grist/Water Ratio
« on: January 10, 2022, 02:32:42 pm »
I am going to make a big beer and I don't want to mash twice. I don't have enough room to add all of the grain and all of the strike water with a  1.25qts to 1 pound ratio but I think I can if I use a 1:1 ratio. Is using a 1:1 ratio too thick of a mash? Will it affect conversion? Will it affect mash temp?


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Grist/Water Ratio
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2022, 03:12:39 pm »
Probably not. If so give it more time.

Have you considered adding sugar(s) or extract to hit those final gravity points vs mashing so much grain?
« Last Edit: January 10, 2022, 07:40:48 pm by BrewBama »

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Re: Grist/Water Ratio
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 03:35:33 pm »
Probably not. If so give it more time.

Have you considered adding sugar(s) or extract to hit those final gravity points vs mashing so much grain?

I already have some sugar built into the recipe so not an option on this one.

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Re: Grist/Water Ratio
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2022, 04:09:00 pm »
I've found that it really doesn't matter much.  I've gone as low as .66 and as high as 3
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Re: Grist/Water Ratio
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2022, 04:35:11 pm »
I've found that it really doesn't matter much.  I've gone as low as .66 and as high as 3

So I use a HERMS system and I will incorporate rice hulls. I don't know how you mash but did you experience a sluggish/stuck recirculation when mashing at such a low ratio?  What styles were you brewing with those mash ratios respectively ?
« Last Edit: January 10, 2022, 04:43:33 pm by HopDen »

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Re: Grist/Water Ratio
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2022, 06:57:53 pm »
In cases like that, I sub in DME for some of the base malt to make the mash more manageable.
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Re: Grist/Water Ratio
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2022, 07:19:42 pm »
No hulls needed unless you are using a large amount of unhusked grains. 1:1 ratio is fine. Boosting the OG with DME is useful in cases like this. Big beers are typically thicker beers, and this is where supplementing with DME is a good idea, as Bob357 stated, because DME can add some thickness.

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Re: Grist/Water Ratio
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2022, 04:34:05 am »
Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't think of using DME.