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jermanimal 12-16-2009 05:02 PM

should go with adjustable height sparge arm
 
I am putting together a mash tun from coolers around the house, he just happened on a 5 gallon water cooler, like new...when on earth did I buy that?

Anyway, I have installed a ball valve and a stainless steel screen (faucet hose screen)

I am trying to think how I want to make the sparge arm. Should I make it height adjustable or just stick to the top of the lid?

A beginner, done successful batch sparge (dump it all in), but want to add a little more complication.

Do I need the lid on the mash tun for sparging? or leave it off?


:mug:

Boar Beer 12-16-2009 05:08 PM

We just keep it simple
We put a bucket lid with 30-40 small holes in it on top of the grain and just let the sparge water hit that first. No moving parts

No you dont need a lid on your mash tun while sparging

Denny 12-16-2009 05:10 PM

You want to make your brewing more complicated???? Have you seen a doctor?????

jermanimal 12-16-2009 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Denny (Post 1745917)
You want to make your brewing more complicated???? Have you seen a doctor?????

oh come on, I am not brewing beer because it is easy. It is a challenge, why bother otherwise.

jermanimal 12-16-2009 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boar Beer (Post 1745911)
We just keep it simple
We put a bucket lid with 30-40 small holes in it on top of the grain and just let the sparge water hit that first. No moving parts

No you dont need a lid on your mash tun while sparging

spoiler...newbie question, i am keeping the water level right at the top of the grain or only slightly above right? Then same in as out?

wrestler63 12-17-2009 04:21 PM

When I first started all grain brewing my mash tun was a rectangular cooler. I simply put a piece of cpvc in the lid with small holes drilled and then placed a piece of aluminum foil on top of the grain bed with alot of holes poked in it......Worked fabulously !!!!!
Cheers:mug:

HIM_Tattoos 12-17-2009 04:39 PM

I believe it was Pol who stated that, how the water returns doesn't matter, just make sure your not channeling.

greeneyed 12-17-2009 04:43 PM

What is the benefit of a sparge arm over batch sparging?

Denny 12-17-2009 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jermanimal (Post 1746236)
oh come on, I am not brewing beer because it is easy. It is a challenge, why bother otherwise.

Personally, I find it enough of a challenge to make great beer that I don't need to complicate it for no reason other than to complicate it.

Denny 12-17-2009 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by greeneyed (Post 1748304)
What is the benefit of a sparge arm over batch sparging?

That's a darn good question, isn't it?


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