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Old 11-29-2008, 05:41 AM   #1
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Default A Quick Sparge Water Temp Question.

I do single-infusion mashes in a converted cooler. Normally, I mash out with a relatively small amount out boiling water to bring the mash up to 180 F and then sparge. I'm doing an IPA with an OG way higher than I usually do (1.085) and the amount of boiling water needed to mash out approximately equals my sparge water. So my question is: how can I calculate the temperature my sparge water should be in order to get the drained grainbed up to 180? Thanks!

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Old 11-29-2008, 11:21 AM   #2
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Are you fly or batch sparging?
Do you use any brewing software?

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Old 11-29-2008, 02:49 PM   #3
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I'm batch sparging. I usually do 2 equal volume batch sparges. I don't have any commercial brewing software, no. I did find this site: Brewheads.com - Batch Sparge Calculator

but it only uses one batch sparge.

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:34 PM   #4
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Sorry, maybe I don't quiet get your setup, but if you are batch sparging isn't your "mash out" water basically your sparge water?

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:46 PM   #5
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You don't need to mash out if you are batch sparging because you are pretty much going to the kettle after the mash with minimal delay.

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I was just mashing out to get the grainbed up to 180 degrees F. Then I heated my sparge water to 180 degrees F.

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Why not just raise the temp of the sparge water. Keep it simple.

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Why not just raise the temp of the sparge water. Keep it simple.
Yeah, but by how much?
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185 is a safe rule of thumb without using software.

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185 is a safe rule of thumb without using software.
Agreed - I usually go about 190-192 and get 166-168 in the grain bed. 185 should work without any danger of going over 170.
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