I know it’s happened to every new AG brewer and you may be tired of answering the question, but after spending most of the day researching, I turn to you more experienced brewers.
Brew day went well, I thought. Results don’t show it.
In brewing a 5 gallon batch of ESB, I missed by 10 points (target 1.60, actual 1.50).
Here is the setup: 5 gallon cooler MLT with false bottom, 5 gallon cooler HLT. Heated 3.75 gallons of strike water to 166 with a target of 150. Grains were milled by HBS and set a room temp (68-70). Actual temp in MLT 151 for 60 min. Recirculated for 10 min and fly sparged with 175 water in the HLT (lost 4 degrees in HLT, so 171 was sparge temp) at a rate of 1 gallon every 12 minutes. Collected 6.25 gallons
The recipe was 11lb 2 row and 1lb Crystal 60. What can I do to increase efficiency? When I took a gravity reading after my mash, it read 1.20-1.22.