infusion -vs- step mash question

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Does infusion mashing produce beer with the same efficiency as step
mash?

I'm trying to break the 1.06og threshold each time I mash, and so far
with no real effort hit 1.054-1.05.

My typical grain bill for a 5.5 gallon result is

11.5 lbs.  Base 2 row
1/2 lb Adjunct
3/4 lb Wheat

My water ratio is 1.5qts / lb.
I hold my mash temperature between 154-158 for 90 min.

My thoughts are
a) the crush of the grain is not consistent.
b) my water is too soft (like Pilsen)
c) infusion mashing cannot produce beer with the same efficiency as
stepping.

Thanks




Re: infusion -vs- step mash question
Leon Dale wrote:
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Yes, in theory...efficiency isd more related to grain crush and your
lautering system.

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Likely...I started crushing my grain more and my efficiency went up
markedly

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Have you had it tested?  In theory, unless it's REALLY soft and has
virtually no calcium, you should be OK

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Not true...90% of the beers I make are single infusion.  I use step
mashing to control the body of the beer, not the efficiency.

    ----------->Denny

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Re: infusion -vs- step mash question
So,

What about Batch Sparge? I stopped the sprinkler system, cause I thought
too much heat loss and for a fact too much time.

Crush your own grain.  How fine (subjective) do you go?

Add Calcium to the mash water.  My calcium content as reported by the H2O
board is 10ppm.

Thanks,

 Leon


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Re: infusion -vs- step mash question
Leon Dale wrote:
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I'm a big batch sparge advocate...I worte an article for "Brew Your Own"
a few months back detailing the technique.  I have a more complete
version on my website at www.hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew (warning: the hbd
server is down at the moment, so you may not be able to get to my page
right away)

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Well, as someone said "Crush it til you're scared!"  I have quite a bit
of flour in mine, but there are a lot of husks for filtering.  Also, I
use a stainless steel hose braid in my cooler, so it's pretty much
immune to stuck runoffs.  That lets me use a finer crush.  With batch
sparging, my efficiency runs 75-85%.

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Seems low, but I don't have any reference material nearby at the
moment.  I'd advise you to check at www.howtobrew.com

    ----------->Denny

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