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1 year 4 weeks ago #5393 by Deejay
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Hi to all brewers from NZ,
First post for me.
Stumbled across Cellar Dweller a few months ago and got hooked.
Been brewing around 10 years (biab). Recently purchased a Brewzilla 65, have 2 small batches and 2 full batches under my belt with mixed/frustrating results so will be asking all the experts out there for some hopefully helpful tips.
cheers.

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1 year 3 weeks ago #5394 by Gash
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Gday mate, sorry for the delay in reply, crazy times, gone into lockdown again and been busy trying to amuse the kids lol. Cheers mate!

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1 year 3 weeks ago #5399 by Carrobrew
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Welcome Deejay,

I'm in Aus and brew on the 35L BZ.

What issues are you having with the 65L?

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11 months 2 weeks ago #5455 by Deejay
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Hi Mate,
sorry for the late reply but first time back since my post, been busy.
Issues are low efficiency and wort clarity..
I was doing BIAB before purchasing the Brewzilla and was getting around 70-75%
With Brewzilla the first 4 brews 64-67%
Have done a small batch since my post, 65% and a full batch 79% which was great.
Probably me being impatient. I know its probably time and practice, especially as with biab I was using a grain bag so could crush finer as with the Brewzilla I need to get the crush right and i'm assuming that is also the reason for wort having lots of crap in it sometimes due to to fine a crush?
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11 months 1 week ago #5457 by Gash
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yeah you dont want a fine crush with a anything except brew in a bag, %s dont mean much, its all about consistency. Cheers!

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11 months 1 week ago #5458 by Bongoboi
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Out of interest, what kind of efficiency do people generally get out of their Brewzilla 35L setup. I only seem to get around 70% on a good day. Does that sound normal? Like Deejay I came from BIAB where I got much better efficiency in general.

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11 months 1 week ago #5459 by Gash
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What eff% mash or brew house? Eff% numbers don’t mean much at all, as long as you get some consistency. My mash eff is usually 81-83 really depends on the brew some higher some lower. Cheers!

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11 months 1 week ago #5460 by Gash
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What eff% mash or brew house? Eff% numbers don’t mean much at all, as long as you get some consistency. My mash eff is usually 81-83 really depends on the brew some higher some lower. Cheers!

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11 months 1 week ago #5461 by Bongoboi
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My mash eff is around 81% and BH around 76%,going off Beersmith. But my equip profile is at 65%. Does that sound right? I know in the end my grain bill will compensate. But that 65% is what I originally landed on after a few brews with this system. I think I'm still really getting the hang of a sparge system. I didn't start out brewing that way. I went from partial mashes to BIAB.

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11 months 1 week ago #5462 by Gash
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With sparging you should get better eff% than full volume BIAB, but if you reduced the grain to dust its possible right know you might be getting less eff%, then that moves us towards either the crush, stirring/mixing/mashing in and recirculation, even the recirculation isnt that vital as you probably know from BIAB.
I am a little confused that you have 81 and 76, fairly common when you got a system down pat. but your profile eff% is set at 65%?

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