Post mash tweet

Okay, so I’m baffled.  I got the process going fairly well.  I may have siphoned the liquid from the grain a little too fast (so it’s a little cloudy) but the  mash temperature was perfect, and the iodine test showed that all the starch had been converted.

So why was my gravity half of what it could have been?  in other words, my “brewhouse efficiency” was 50%, when it’s more normal to be 65+?

Egads.  Anyway, I’m learning a lot.  It’s boiling away and the plan is for it to boil a few gallons off.  That’s good, because the gravity will rise.  However, it will still be lower than I expect.  I may add some DME, but I might just ride it out and call this a strong ale.

It’s all about learning, right?


About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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