I’m sure there have been a lot of threads about this, and I’ll do some research, but I am choosing to be lazy and start my own thread. I’ve been all grain brewing for a few years now. I only batch sparge. I’ve typically had luck with getting a decent efficiency but lately it’s been poor. I just brewed a batch that was estimated to have an OG of 1.070 and I hit 1.050. I know the crush has a big impact, but I only crush my grains at the store so I don’t know how fine it is and I don’t have control of that. I’ve played around with my water/grist ratio, but haven’t seen much difference. Today I used a 1.50 quarts/pound ratio. Is there something else I can do to get the best efficiency from my grains? Just for fun, here’s my recipe for today. If you look at it and see that 1.070 that hopville.com estimated is high, then maybe I wasn’t so far off.
6# American 2-Row
4# Red Wheat Malt
2# White Wheat Malt
1# Light Munich Malt
1# Flaked Wheat
1# Rice Hulls
Oh, and I ended up with closer to 5.5 gallons.
Thoughts? I’d love to start bumping up my efficiency.