I have 4-5 batches under my belt and have a few questions.
My understanding is that with batch sparging, I can drain as fast as it will come out of my cooler. I also have read to drain slowly until the grain bed is settled. How do I know when the grain bed is settled? After the bed is settled, can I literally drain with the spigot wide open?
My system must have more absorbtion than most. I usually end up with a 40/60 split on first and second runnings rather than 50/50. Will this affect the final product?
3.I have overshot my OG everytime. Yesterday I had 18 lbs of grain and added two pounds of cane sugar at the end of the boil. Recipe state OG would be 1.054. I ended up with 1.062 at 10.5 gallons. My other beers have been similar. Should I start cutting back on my grain bill accordingly?
- Can I disturb the grain bed while draining. As I near the end, I will have wort pool on top of the bed and in the back of the cooler when I tip it up. Yesterday I took a spoon and made a channel for the wort to get to the drain. I ended up getting 2-3 more cups. Is this considered an acceptable practice, or could it lead to tanin extraction.