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Old 02-20-2012, 04:57 AM   #21
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I've always read that when batch sparging, it's ok to go wide open.
I have read the opposite and that was the first thing that stuck out to me. I always go with a trickle. I may be wrong but I seem to get pretty good efficiency with a similar setup.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:09 AM   #22
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This is from John Palmers how to brew although when looking for this info I did see plenty of people saying the speed did not matter so who knows.

The wort should be drained slowly to obtain the best extraction. Sparge time varies depending on the amount of grain and the lautering system, .5 - 2.5 hours. Sparging means "to sprinkle" and this explains why you may have seen or heard discussion of "sparge arms" or sprinklers over the grain bed for lautering. There is no reason to fool with such things. There are three main methods of sparging: English, batch and continuous.

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:29 PM   #23
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How's your crush??? Are you milling your own grains??? I run a similar setup and with premilled grains I'd get around 62% but once I bought my own mill and adjusted the crush properly I'm now up to a consistent 75-80% efficiency.

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:16 PM   #24
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It's hard to tell from the picture of the wet grains as to the crush but to me it looks a little course? May be the rice hulls though I'm seeing. Sounds like your process is pretty solid.

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:03 PM   #25
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I get my grains crushed at my LHBS. I have no idea what the mill is set to

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:58 PM   #26
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I get my grains crushed at my LHBS. I have no idea what the mill is set to
I think we've found the problem.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:48 PM   #27
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I have probably done the same number of AG batches as you, first getting crushed grains from NB and then getting a sack from my LHBS and using their mill. Just wasn't getting good efficiencies in any of my batches. After using the LHBS mill and just looking at the gap which seemed to big for me, I finally got my own mill and I'm like 80% or higher my last few batches. Might be worth the investment.

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I get my grains crushed at my LHBS. I have no idea what the mill is set to
I know everyone will tell you to get your own mill (like the poster above me), but I was absolutely amazed at the crush I got when I asked my LHBS to double mill my last order.

Even though I BIAB, and am not worried about stuck sparges, the hulls were well in tact, and there was only a slight bit of flour, but the grains were very much smaller than from a one pass.

If your guys will double mill, try it once.
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I know everyone will tell you to get your own mill (like the poster above me), but I was absolutely amazed at the crush I got when I asked my LHBS to double mill my last order.

Even though I BIAB, and am not worried about stuck sparges, the hulls were well in tact, and there was only a slight bit of flour, but the grains were very much smaller than from a one pass.

If your guys will double mill, try it once.
I'll definitely try that next time. It may get me high enough that I won't need to buy my own mill.
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You didn't pour your vorlauf off did you?

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