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Old 03-05-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default 1st All-grain: Fly or Batch?

I'm hoping to do my first all-grain in a few weeks and I wanted a few opinions.

Should I make a sparge arm and try to fly sparge, or should I try and not complicate my first time out by just batch sparging? I realize its a matter of personal taste but getting input from everyone is a nice way to help influence my own choice.

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You can go either way, but batch sparging requires less equipment, if you want to get that first AG under your belt. You can always upgrade to fly sparging later.

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Old 03-05-2008, 02:02 PM   #3
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batch-do a search on this site for details. Much easier, and although you will obtain greater efficiency with fly, most of the guys around here get 70-80% with batch.

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I'd also recommend batch sparging. There is no additional equipment required, and it's so simple it's just silly.

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Well, I've always batch sparged and find that uncomplicated and easy.

I guess the choice is what seems simpler and more convenient to you.

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I'm a batch sparger. It cannot get any easier, then save your money for a mill and your set.

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+1 for batch sparging

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I don't know what extra equipment everyone is talking about. I suppose a false-bottom is suggested. If you have a braid, I am sure fly sparging would work, but then I would likely go with batch.

However, if you have a FB or don't mind making/buying one, I think fly sparging is much easier. It just makes more sense to me and is extremely easy. pour water in and drain wort out. Really, that's it. I don't understand why people think batch sparging is easier. It is quicker but, the extra 10 minutes or whatever just doesn't make that big a difference to me.

I did my first 6 AG without a sparge arm and I do not see it making an difference at all in my current batches. Go fly sparging

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I don't know what extra equipment everyone is talking about. I suppose a false-bottom is suggested. If you have a braid, I am sure fly sparging would work, but then I would likely go with batch.

However, if you have a FB or don't mind making/buying one, I think fly sparging is much easier. It just makes more sense to me and is extremely easy. pour water in and drain wort out. Really, that's it. I don't understand why people think batch sparging is easier. It is quicker but, the extra 10 minutes or whatever just doesn't make that big a difference to me.

I did my first 6 AG without a sparge arm and I do not see it making an difference at all in my current batches. Go fly sparging

Well, the extra equipment that I would need to fly sparge would be a sparge arm, and an HLT. I don't have either. I don't know how you'd pour the water in and drain it out the way you suggest without that. You'd have to trickle it in by hand, and then set the run off to the same level. I'm confused as to how you're doing yours- could you explain better to me? Thanks!
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