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No-Sparge Brewing


Mark Sponer - Morrilton, Arizona asks,

I have started all-grain brewing and have brewed about five batches so far. I am still trying to figure out my system, take good notes on every batch and use the no-sparge method. Are there any disadvantages of having too much water in the mash? I am adding all my water into the mash so that I don’t have to add any water along the way. In my last batch I used 9 gallons (34 L) of water to 8 pounds (3.6 kg) of grain. My final gravity (FG) was 1.016. I was hoping to get 1.012 or less for the style I was brewing. Next time I am considering adding more water, but I am wondering if it is alright to add all the water to the mash or should I add some water later to adjust my final gravity reading?

I am definitely a subscriber to the idea that keeping things simple is a benefit to many things that brewers do in the pursuit of great beer. Simplifying things can have a
Response by Ashton Lewis.