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Old 02-07-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default 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...

Thanks!!

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Old 02-07-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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Option A at 185 Degrees

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+1 This is what I would do to.
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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!

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

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

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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.

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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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