[quote=“jadedude289”]Im new to All-grain yesterday will mark the third batch that I have done. I do have BeerSmith2 for some of the mash help, but every batch I’m not hitting numbers at all. Yesterday i was shooting for a 5 gal 1.060 and I got 6 ish gal at 1.052. I know it is because im adding too much water in the mashing stage. I really need some tips and advise on how to get the correct amount of water into the mash tun with out measuring cup by cup.
Thanks for all your help[/quote]
Your boil volume should be a lot more than 5 gallons. For extract, with top-up water, a 5 gallon boil volume is fairly common. For all-grain, your boil volume is going to be in the 6-7 gal range for a 5 gallon batch. You’ll end up boiling-off enough to leave you with perhaps 5.25 - 5.5 gallons into the fermenter, which after accounting for trub loss, will leave you with about 5.0 gallons, even, to bottle/keg.
Hope that kind of arithmetic step-through for the volumes in the process helps.