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Old 01-17-2013, 05:35 AM   #1
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Im considering adding a pump to my AG system. Last week after sparging 7 gals my sparge slowed to a crawl (i only needed 1 more gallon ) It was tough as hell to get that last gallon out. Would a pump have sucked that last gallon easier?

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:43 AM   #2
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No a pump wouldn't help. What I would do is drain what you can, start your boil, leave a pitcher or bowl or whatever under the MT drain and add that back as you are brewing.

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Im considering adding a pump to my AG system. Last week after sparging 7 gals my sparge slowed to a crawl (i only needed 1 more gallon ) It was tough as hell to get that last gallon out. Would a pump have sucked that last gallon easier?
Increase the temperature of your splarge warter.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:53 AM   #4
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What kind of setup is it?

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Easy answer: no.
What else are you doing? Do you have a dip tube? Are you using a hop strainer of some sort? Like tally said give us a little more info on your set-up and we would love to help. Something is stopping it, my guess is grain/hop buildup. Have a couple of solutions for you depending on your setup.

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