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Old 01-23-2013, 11:58 PM   #11
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What have you found about efficiency. I have a cooler big enough I just have not built it yet.
With a really fine crush I've been seeing about 80% efficiency with no sparge. With a crappy sparge it goes up to 85%. It's been high enough that I don't even measure it anymore.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:00 AM   #12
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I do BIAB with no sparge and squeezing the bag and I got 80% mash efficiency with my last batch. I think that's a pretty good efficiency without too much extra work. I do mill my own grain so that probably helps.
That is kind of what I expected. I suppose my efficiency will be a little worse because I will not be able to squeeze the bag and I will have a little wast in the tun but I think the time saved will be well worth it. And like Eastoak says if it is to bad just make it up with a little more grain
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:03 AM   #13
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After skipping the sparge on the last ten batches or so and then sitting down to figure out how much money it was costing me each batch, I doubt I'll ever sparge again. On big beers I sometimes do a quasi-sparge just so I can get enough water in the pot to hit my needed preboil volume.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:06 AM   #14
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For the 10 minutes it takes me to sparge, I think its worth it! I dont make a big deal of it, just add some water and stir the sh*t out of for 10 minutes then run it into the pot

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:08 AM   #15
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With no sparge in a cooler tun, you can't really squeeze the grain, short of stepping on it My last no sparge I only got 59%, but it was GREAT tasting stuff, and because I added IIRC about 20% more grain to the bill I hit my target OG. I guess I never really though about it but you could use the second runnings from a no sparge batch to make "small beer".

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I take about a 12-13% hit on my efficiency when I don't sparge. Saturday I brewed two batches. One was no sparge, 63%, the other I sparged and hit 75%. I do fly sparge very quickly so I'm sure I lose some efficiency there too.

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I am going to give this a shot soon and use the second runnings for a mild or even krausening.

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Can someone explain to me exactly what "no sparge" means. Thanks. I'm fairly new and just picking up as I go.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:30 AM   #19
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Can someone explain to me exactly what "no sparge" means. Thanks. I'm fairly new and just picking up as I go.
put your full volume of water into the mash then run off into the kettle for the boil without rinsing (sparging) the grain.
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put your full volume of water into the mash then run off into the kettle for the boil without rinsing (sparging) the grain.
Ok thank you that's what I was thinking it meant.
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