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mlager:
Im having trouble understanding how i should calculate the volume of strike water i should use into the mash tun. I will be brewing an amber ale with 11 pounds of grain and a porter with 14 pounds of grain. In the past, ive always just started with 6 gallons. Ultimatly im looking for 7.5 gals in the kettle to end up with a solid 6 gallon batch. Should my strike water vary based on OG and style? If my starting gravities are turning out consistent, should i stick with how ive been doing it? What would striking will a higher volume of water do in comparison to striking with a lower volume?

Thx for any input!

hokerer:
Strike water should be somewhere in the range of 1 to 1.5 quarts per pound of grain.  Some folks even recommend higher.  At 1.5, your 11 pound batch would strike with 16.5 qts and your 14 pound batch at 21 qts.

mlager:
Yikes that sounds like such little water! 5 gals of water in a 14 pound grain bill seems like it would be a thick mash!

liquidbrewing:
Not really that thick of a mash.  I mash in at 1.25 qts/lb of grain and I always think it's a thin mash.   Whatever you are mashing at, I've had good success with double batch sparging.  Split your sparge water into two batches and run it off twice.  That really helped my efficiency, thanks to Denny!!

mlager:
I fly sparge, so id probably want to do 1.25 qt/lb and then sparge until i reach my desired boil volume.

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