Finished brewing Dead Ringer today. The extract version I did earlier this year was awesome and gone in less than a month.
I built a mash-tun per Denny’s guide using a 45 qt cooler. The spigot is in the center of the long side so the braid angles to the right corner.
Mash water: 4 gallons (@ 175F) (+ 1 gallon of boiling water at the end of the mash)
Hit the 152 F temp (I think… small pocket thermometer) and heat loss over the hour was not measurable.
The first runnings yielded ~2.75 gallons (based on my hastily crafted notched wood stick). That left 2.25 gallons in the mash tun so looking back I must have gotten clogged…
Next I added 4 gallons of sparge water (185 F) and stopped draining when I hit about 7.33 gallons
OG was 1.059 so definitely short of the 1.064 I was trying to hit.
Overall it was a great way to spend 5 hours and I really enjoyed the process. Any ideas on improving my efficiency?