I’ve been BIAB brewing pretty much from the start about a year ago. I have a Denny inspired cooler that I only used once last spring.
I’ve gotten very high efficiency numbers from BIAB and due to some recent discussions in this forum regarding efficiency vs beer quality, I decided to re-evaluate some of my processes. So I opened up my mill gap from .028ish to .036 prior to my brew day yesterday. Then at the last minute I decided to pull out the ole cheap n’ easy cooler mash tun and use it.
Actually I made the mistake of treating and beginning to heat my strike water before my sparge water so I figured what the heck I’ll batch sparge in the cooler. I usually preheat sparge water and save it to pour over the bag after the mash is complete.
Overall it was another fun day of brewing. I don’t feel like it lengthened my brew day at all and I may have enjoyed it more. The batch sparge in the cooler was maybe a little faster and less mess for me.
My mash efficiency was still off the charts. Not sure what to attribute this to. I mashed at 5.5 pH 150 degrees and lost a degree or 2 during the mash. Simple grain bill, 10 lbs Pilsner for a patersbier. Kettle pH was 5.3.
BS2 estimated 1.040 OG and got 1.058 after temp conversion. I usually just drop the hydrometer into the kettle after I’ve collected the second runnings and given it a decent stir. Temp is usually in the mid 140s at this time and I plug the numbers into BS 2 for conversion.
Is there an expected variance in gravity readings when you make a large temperature adjustment? I would assume Brad took this into account in BS2 right?
I may have just been reconverted to the cheap n’ easy method.