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Offline madscientist

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Mash Volume + Sparge Volume for small batches
« on: December 30, 2010, 04:06:55 PM »
Do these two necessarily have to be the final boil volume, or is it acceptable to add water to achieve the desired boil volume?  I am planning on doing a few experimental 2.5 gallon batches, so I want to boil about 3 gallons.  

And I am referring to Partial Mashes.
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Re: Mash Volume + Sparge Volume for small batches
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2010, 05:44:49 PM »
No, they don't have to be the final boil volume. Especially if they are partial mashes.

I'd say use about 1.5 qt/lb for mashing and the same amount for sparging. If you have too much sparge water you risk oversparging which can lead to excessive tannin extraction.

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Re: Mash Volume + Sparge Volume for small batches
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2010, 09:33:52 PM »
No, they don't have to be the final boil volume. Especially if they are partial mashes.

I'd say use about 1.5 qt/lb for mashing and the same amount for sparging. If you have too much sparge water you risk oversparging which can lead to excessive tannin extraction.

Kai

Ok thanks!  I think I was getting to bogged down in the math of everything.
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