with my calculations today with 12.3 lbs of grain 166 degree water should have brought me to 153, instead it brought me to 147. Heated up another 3 quarts of boiling water to bring it to 150. Now i was supposed to hit 153, will this just result in a thinner less flavorful beer? It’s an irish red by the way
A little thinner yes but it should be pretty good. I always heat up a little extra water so that I can keep adding water until I hit my number dead on.
It’s going to turn out great. Don’t worry about it, not one bit.
so i ended up somehow getting 90% efficiency…good lord. had to add some water to it to mellow it out a bit…still think it’ll be alright?
You will lose some heat heating up your mash tun. I usually go 8-10 degrees higher on mash water to allow the cooler to heat up. When it gets close to the target temp, I stir in the grain.
Ill never make that mistake again! So annoying
Could be because of the extra water volume in the mash. A thinner mash will distribute the temp more evenly and theoretically increase your conversion efficiency. I know that my efficiency went up when I starting using a thinner mash.
That could be it because i ended up adding another gallon +, but 90%!? I wasn’t even aware that was possible…
By the way this irish ale yeast , 1084 i think it is… very very active, looks like a whirl pool inside my carboy, big dirty krausen
85-88% is predicted for a batch sparge of an beer around 1.050 with good conversion efficiency, so 90% isn’t out of the question if the stars align and you get slightly less wort lost to grain absorption.
[quote=“thomasben”]By the way this irish ale yeast , 1084 i think it is… very very active, looks like a whirl pool inside my carboy, big dirty krausen[/quote]That is fun yeast to watch. Almost like goldfish swimming around for food.