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Old 10-06-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default 4 step batch sparge?

Hello,
I'm diving into my first all grain today with a Stone IPA clone and was wondering what you guys thought about how Beer Smith wants me to sparge.

It says 4 step sparge: drain mash ton, 1.45gal, 1.45gal, 1.45gal at 168 F. So is this 3 small sparges and for how long each? Can I just do 1 sparge with the full amount called for and be alright?

Thanks for any help!

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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Absolutely! Just make sure your equipment can handle that much sparge volume. Under the volumes tab it will tell you if you have enough room in your mash tun for the sparge water.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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I either "batch" drian completely and refill completly or do a hybrid "fly" where i add water slowly as it drains slowly using a peace of tin foil to deflect the water ! either way works , not really sure about 3 differant additions????

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:11 PM   #4
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Drain your first infusion completely, then fill with the total sparge water, mix it all up and make sure you hit above 168 F,wait 15-20 minutes then drain the wort.
The three additions are for large boils, where you won't have enough room to put the total sparge water into your mash tun.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:16 PM   #5
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Yes absolutely. However make sure your sparge water is nice and hot. 190 usually gets me to around 170 in the sparge. Remember, sparging above 170 will NOT result in tannin extraction like some people claim. I've had the grain hit 180 during the sparge and no trace of tannins in the wort/beer.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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That helps a lot guys, that's what I'll do. I think I'm good to go with everything else today but this sparging part was the only thing that's been bugging me.

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Old 10-06-2012, 07:51 PM   #7
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I'd suggest you design the sparge for two equal runnings. If you drain off say 2.5 gal, then do one batch sparge with 4.5 gal, it's not really optimal. Imho, a better option would be to add say 1 gal of boiling water to get the temps up and sugars better dissolved, then you'd have two equal runnings of nice hot wort, each 3.5 gal. That's just an example but hopefully you get the point.

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:35 AM   #8
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So it went pretty good yesterday. With 13lbs of grain my 5 gallon mash ton was maxed out! I only got just over 2 gallons on my first runnings. I had to do 2 sparges to get my full pre-boil volume of 6.8 gallons. Ended up hitting my pre-boil gravity of 1.062. Post boil volume was lower then anticipated at 5.2 gallons after 90 minutes (was supposed to 5.98). Gravity hit though at 1.073. Overall the whole session turned out going much longer then I thought it was going to but I'm pretty happy with the result so far. I'll know for sure in 8 weeks!

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Beersmith usually tells me to sparge 3 times (something like .25gal, 2.25gal, 2.25gal). Not sure why it does that tiny sparge at the beginning, but I usually just do it twice. As long as you hit your numbers, should turn out great.

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:39 PM   #10
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If you manage your settings correctly, you can have BS give instructions for as many sparges as you want. I think most of the problem is not having your equipment set up properly in the program and not adjusting the percentage of mash tun volume for sparging. IMO the settings could be make easier to understand.

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