Thanks sneezles for response. I’ll get pH dialed for sure, as for sampling, I could totally gather a homogenized sample from kettle, but with mash tun propped up above kettle for sparge there’s no way to get a sample of the last runnings unmixed, unless I pull the Mash off and hold over a pot or something, but that seems like a lot of juggling/guessing of WHEN to pull, etc.
I was taught to stop gathering wort when Plato drops below 2.5, that’s when it’s pulling tannins and undesirables from spent grain. So PRIOR to grainfather it was easy to pull a sample and use refractometer, and if P drops too low then top with water! But darn thing’s in the way!
Just curious how others with mash/boil setups that are prevalent now, if people have protocols/ideas on checking gravity of final runnings. Thanks again!