Originally Posted by lunchbox
Thanks WileE, that does help. Do you use 170 degree water to dunk?
Yes I do, but I use a strike water temp of about 178 to 186 to end up with a 170 temp, depending on how much grain I am using in a batch, also I divide up my grain bill equally into 3, 5 gallon paint strainer bags, makes it a lot easy'r to handle the grain and I can also get a good stir in each bag during the dunk sparge, most of the time I dunk sparge 2 bags and heat my wort to 170 with 1 bag still in it, then a quick dunk and stir of that 3rd bag in the sparge water.
Using 3 bags has made the biggest difference for me in handling the grain, stirring, weight, draining, moving grain, dunk sparging, squeezing bags, its all a lot easy'r to deal with since I started using 3 bags, especially the dunk sparging.
I use those black spring'y office clips (medium size, about 1 1/2" wide) to hold my bags from falling into the pot, with 3 bags the clips are clamp strong enough to hold the bags out of the wort to let them drain before moving to the dunk sparge, same after the dunk, also squeeze to get my volumes like RM-MN said.
I think 2 bags would work, but I haven't tried that yet, maybe on my next batch Ill try 2 bags.
Cheers and good luck