Originally Posted by ishkabibble
and as for lauter-rate, there's no shortage of contradictory information on the interwebs. so to separate out the rest of the chaff online, my takeaway message here is: a single-rest infusion in a long cooler with a wire-mesh hose screen needs to be drained as fast as possible?
No, not really. But to drain so slowly is probably a problem as the sugars would settle back into the grain.
One thing that struck me is the lack of stirring in the sparge water. I'm not exactly sure if that's what you said, but it sounded like that.
When you batch sparge, you simply vorlauf the mash and drain the runnings. Then, add your sparge water and stir it in like it owes you money. Stir it like it's your job. Then, vorlauf and drain. There is no reason to slowly drain, and draining quickly is the norm. But the thorough stirring is crucial before vorlaufing and draining. That's the way batch sparging works. With a braid, draining slowly may mean channelling in the grainbed. You don't want that- you want to knock the sugars into the liquid and drain it out before too long.