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07-28-2008, 02:30 AM   #1
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 Sparge Calculator...some things I don't understand about it. Need help

I started a thread awhile ago and should have asked there but forgot. Here is the sparge calculator i am using http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/sparge.html I don't understand the catagory called "Wort lost to dead space" and the "desired kettle volume". I have a 7 gallon boiling kettle and lets just say my OG is 1.034 and i am using 9 gallons for a test run. Thanks guys. recpe volume is 5 gallons

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Dead space is the amount of wort that will not drain from the mash tun through the bulkhead because the bulkhead may be a little higher off the bottom. You can test this by putting some water in with no grain and opening the drain. Let it drain out, then carefully pour out any water left behind and measure it.

Desired kettle volume should be about 1.5 more than your finished batch size because you'll lose about that much to evaporation. So, enter 6.5 gallons.
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 Originally Posted by Bobby_M Dead space is the amount of wort that will not drain from the mash tun through the bulkhead because the bulkhead may be a little higher off the bottom. You can test this by putting some water in with no grain and opening the drain. Let it drain out, then carefully pour out any water left behind and measure it. Desired kettle volume should be about 1.5 more than your finished batch size because you'll lose about that much to evaporation. So, enter 6.5 gallons.
aight thanks a lot...the recipe says i need 6.6 gallons of wort to collect
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Thinking About: Tripple Bock, Chocolate Stout, open to suggestions

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Is this guy serious??:
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 Originally Posted by papabeach1 so barley is a leaves of hops? or barley is a different plant? and blend with hops? I need that to be cleared thanks..