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Old 11-16-2012, 02:36 AM   #51
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If I have no way to check pH should I keep the sparge water temp at the lower end, or can I crank it up to maybe 180 - 190 and not worry about it ?
Are ya feeling lucky? If your water isn't too extreme you'll probably be OK. But there's no way to know for sure. I think trying to make sure your grain bed stays under 170F is the best thing to do in that situation.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:04 AM   #52
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Has anybody checked the temp of the mash after you add 185ish degree water to it? I have a few times and it ends up right around 170. Makes sense if you think about it right? 12 lb Grain bed that's 150+, adding a few gallons of 185 degree water.

Everyone is paranoid thinking that high temp is extreme because of everything they've read on fly sparging. It's a completely different process. I'd argue that 170 degree water is too low, and that if there's a correct temp for batch sparging, it's whatever temp leaves your mash at 165-170.

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:10 PM   #53
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Has anybody checked the temp of the mash after you add 185ish degree water to it? I have a few times and it ends up right around 170. Makes sense if you think about it right? 12 lb Grain bed that's 150+, adding a few gallons of 185 degree water.

Everyone is paranoid thinking that high temp is extreme because of everything they've read on fly sparging. It's a completely different process. I'd argue that 170 degree water is too low, and that if there's a correct temp for batch sparging, it's whatever temp leaves your mash at 165-170.
Exactly!!! A lot of guys posting in this thread have been brewing for ever, take their word. Denny's website is how I learned to batch sparge. Simple easy process to make good beer!
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:20 PM   #54
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+1 on Denny's website. That where I learned how to batch sparge. Also read BobbyM's paper on batch sparging. He lays out a very good step by step process. I get 70 - 75 % all the time.

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