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22% on my first try :(
« on: June 12, 2007, 07:05:44 PM »
I attempted my first all grain batch today and wasn't very pleased. I think I missed the mark. I am using Sanke style brew kegs and ended up with an efficiency of around 28%. I was attempting to brew a batch of Koelsh. I do believe I saved the batch by adding some dry malt extra and was able to get the OG to the right specs.

I am running three kettles. One of which has a recirculation system. I wanted to tinker so I only attempted a 5 gallon batch as this was the first run. I calibrated the specs on my brew system according to the instructions which came with beer smith.

Here is what I used..

5 pounds of great western 2 row premium
2 pounds of german pilsner 2 row
1.5 pounds of great western wheat

Saccharification - added 10.63 qt at 162.2
Mash out - 168 degrees for 10 minutes

Sparged with 4.58 gallons of 168 degree water which took around 30 minutes ... (too fast perhaps?)

This was the initial voyage of a brew scuplture and my first all grain. Give me some ideas on what to look for and perhaps tweak next time. I did do the starch test using iodine and it showed the it was converted.

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Re: 22% on my first try :(
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2007, 11:44:09 AM »
Try batch sparging next time It sounds like you have the samre set up as me. You could  have had channeling if you were fly sparging thus the low eff.