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Old 12-16-2009, 05:02 PM   #1
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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?


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Old 12-16-2009, 05:08 PM   #2
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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

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Old 12-16-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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You want to make your brewing more complicated???? Have you seen a doctor?????

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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.
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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?
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:21 PM   #6
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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 !!!!!
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I believe it was Pol who stated that, how the water returns doesn't matter, just make sure your not channeling.

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

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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.
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What is the benefit of a sparge arm over batch sparging?
That's a darn good question, isn't it?
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