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Old 02-20-2006, 01:40 AM   #11
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i figured to keep it simple with the cooler thing until the 3 keg system is done, I would use the Mash Tun/Cooler for a Mash tun Until all is right for a Full Grain Batch. Now I am not so certain.

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Old 02-20-2006, 02:55 AM   #12
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What about batch sparging? Google dennybrew, and there is a good link on Batch Sparging, which is a poor man's ( or a beginner's way) to sparge until you get way fancy and use the sparge arm. I'm planning on using this method my first time next weekend. I hear it's less efficient, but you can use a little more grain and get the job done. Follow the links on that page and it'll give you some interesting info on the setup and science behind it all. I'll let you know how mine goes.

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Old 02-20-2006, 04:07 AM   #13
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RLinNH...how do you plan to sparge?

Your setup sounds fine... just do the mash in the cooler as I mentioned earlier and sparge as gently as possible however you do it.

It's definitely worth a go. Then you'll know more what you're after with your 3-keg system.

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Old 02-20-2006, 07:15 AM   #14
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RLinNH.

My set up is pretty simple and cheap to build, click my link.

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Old 02-20-2006, 09:15 AM   #15
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The equipment I use is very similar to Orfy's. I just use the HLT to heat the sparge water which I then put in a cooler box which frees my HLT to be used as a boiler. I'll take a photo or two next time I'm brewing.

I'd very much like to build a system like many of you guys have but I doubt I'll ever get around to it. I also doubt I'd see much improvement in the taste of the beer!

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Old 02-20-2006, 09:34 AM   #16
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I guess it's like a lot of things. when you get to a certain level then 100% in effort and cost may only return a 10% gain.

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Old 02-20-2006, 02:03 PM   #17
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Batch sparging is certainly an option without any additional equipment (assuming you have another pot to heat water in). Runoff your mash into your kettle, add another batch of water ~170-175F to your coolertun, then run that off into your kettle. There are assuredly pros and cons to both batch and fly sparging, but no hard requirement for having the equipment to execute a fly sparge in order to do an AG batch of beer.

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Old 02-25-2006, 05:19 AM   #18
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For an introduction to mashing and sparging, see two sources:

> Zymurgy's "Great Grain Issue" compares different methods.
http://www.store.beertown.org/shopdi...16&cat=Zymurgy
$9.50 + S&H

> Phil Listermann's "Wanna Mash?"
http://www.listermann.com/Store/WannaMash.asp

Start with the Listemann guide. Then buy the Great Grain Issue, which is almost a complete introductory book on homebrewing in itself, with good photos.

Good luck.

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