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earlytimes 02-07-2009 04:04 PM

help me please with batch sparging!
 
I'm doing my first all grain today - an Anchor Porter clone. It has about 13.5lbs. of grain for this 5 gallon recipie. I was going to mash with 16 quarts and I plan on batch sparging. For 7 gallons into the kettle, I figure this leaves about 4.8 gallons to sparge with. Should I:

A) drain all the sweet wort from the MLT into the kettle before adding any sparge water, then do two sparges of 2.4 gallons each

B) add about 1.2 gallons to the MLT, then drain, then add the remaining 3.6 gallons of sparge water and drain again.

C) something else???

I thought I had this figured out before hand, but I'm starting to doubt myself...:o

Thanks!!

RICLARK 02-07-2009 04:06 PM

Option A at 185 Degrees

double_e5 02-07-2009 04:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RICLARK (Post 1118994)
Option A at 185 Degrees

+1 This is what I would do to.

earlytimes 02-07-2009 04:20 PM

Thank you!

I was originally thinking I shoulqd do A, but then I thought two sparges with only 2.4 gallons of water would not be enough water for each, so I started to lean towards B. Thanks for reassuring me!:mug:

Jolly McStanson 02-07-2009 04:36 PM

I always do what Beer Smith Tells me to do. Best $25 bucks I ever spent.

earlytimes 02-07-2009 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Jolly McStanson (Post 1119036)
I always do what Beer Smith Tells me to do. Best $25 bucks I ever spent.

I have beersmith. I guess I don't know how to use it because it's not telling me what to do.:confused: Where does it say how to do this?

RICLARK 02-07-2009 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by earlytimes (Post 1119074)
I have beersmith. I guess I don't know how to use it because it's not telling me what to do.:confused: Where does it say how to do this?

You have to click on Preview brewsheet on the top right side. However Beersmith doesnt tell you to use two equal size batches and it will tell you a lower temp. When I followed Beersmiths instructions for sparging I got crappy efficiency.

chumprock 02-07-2009 05:30 PM

I am an IT professional, and consider myself pretty damn computer literate and I cant figure out brewsmith.

I guess it's time to RTFM..

BigNastyBrew 02-07-2009 05:58 PM

You have to build your equipment profile including the plastic cooler mash tun (if that's what you're using). Select the correct mash profile. The brew sheet tells you exactly what to do. Strike temp, batch size and temp too.

Denny 02-07-2009 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by earlytimes (Post 1118992)
B) add about 1.2 gallons to the MLT, then drain, then add the remaining 3.6 gallons of sparge water and drain again.

This is the way I do it. I find 2 sparges to be needless effort.


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