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Old 04-03-2008, 05:09 PM   #1
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Has anybody successfully used a spray ball, such as the one pictured here http://www.stpats.com/newphotos/SprayBalls.jpg, for sparging your grains?



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Old 04-03-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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Ha. I have seen those for gardens and wondered the very same thing.



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Old 04-03-2008, 05:13 PM   #3
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At work, a great deal of attention and work goes into making sure similar spray balls provide full coverage for CIP of tanks and other similar equipment. I'm thinking if it works for that, it may work for sparging the grains. I was just wondering if anybody had tried it here and can discuss how it went.

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That is the smallest one I could find. $40
http://breweryparts.com/detail.asp?n=345&market_id=2&category_id=228

It has an operating spec of 40 GPM at 20PSI for a 10ft cleaning coverage.
Here is where I am concerened. How much flow do you need to keep the ball full and all the jets working? You will more than likely have to plug the upper holes so you dont spray water out of the tun. I would entertain the idea of getting one for my rig but I think it would have to be much smaller to handle our low flow rates.
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That's a good point on the flow rate needed to keep the ball filled. I would want the flow to be slow and steady to get a good sparge.

Perhaps getting a virgin spray ball, and drilling out the holes yourself, like that you can control the size and number of holes, and hopefully be able to control the flow.

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Here's an idea.
use a water hammer arrester like this.

plumb it in and drill holes into the copper. I may swing by lowes tonight and pick one up and give it a try.

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Why not make a tubing ring for sparge water inside keggle/pot like this http://picasaweb.google.com/kevin.ladue/SpargeRing
Wrap tubing around outside of keggle, drill 1/16" holes 2" apart, and cap the end.

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Kladue,
How is that working out for you? Seems like it would work great since you can mix with a mash paddle and not smack the sparge arm.

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Sometimes you have to just wander through the hardware department for the simplest solutions.

Both of these are less than $5.00 at Lowe's.

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Kladue,

Why not a ring...well everybody has a ring set up.

I wanted to be original, sorta speak.



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