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Old 04-01-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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I am batch sparging only hit 160F for my sparge, but I was hoping for 1.054 pre-boil gravity and hit 1.056 - what is this going to do to my beer?

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sweet. it was a cluster. I had 180F water in a cooler, and I didn't preheat it. i went to sparge and it was 170F, so I added 2 big pots boiling water, and it didn't bring it up, so I heated 2 2 gal batches to 180F, and ended up at 160F. I am still not getting temp and volume control

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sweet. it was a cluster. I had 180F water in a cooler, and I didn't preheat it. i went to sparge and it was 170F, so I added 2 big pots boiling water, and it didn't bring it up, so I heated 2 2 gal batches to 180F, and ended up at 160F. I am still not getting temp and volume control
I will admit that I don't fully understand the effects of sparge temp, but yesterday I sparged with near boiling water (app. 200 deg). That coupled with stirring my mash halfway through fly sparging raised my efficiency almost 10%. Not sure if it was a combination of the two, or if one was more responsible, but they are such easy changes to make that I will continue to do both.
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