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Old 03-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Hi,

Has anyone used either of the following sparge devices?

The Stainless rotating sparge arm

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/s...ger-large.html

or the Fermentap sparge assembly

http://morebeer.com/products/ferment...-assembly.html

What are your opinions of these?

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Old 03-08-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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I built something like the fermentap sparge assembly with some PVC and a shower head. It didn't work anything like it thought it would and I kinda felt like I wasted my time.

You using it with a pump or by gravity?

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I was thinking something like this would be fairly easy to make.

http://morebeer.com/products/ultimate-sparge-arm.html

It has good reviews and seems like it would work good. Bueller?

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Nothing is as inexpensive yet functional as locline if you want to recirculate your mash and sparge with one system. We're down until tomorrow, but it's like this;

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Im gravity feeding for now but ill be upgrading to a pump shortly Bobby ive seen that one used and ive tried the silicone hose on top of the mash and its worked ok but i got better efficiency with the stop sign shaped CPVC manifold i used. im just looking for something to give me better dispursement

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Matty, if that's the case, I feel like you may not have been maintaining enough water depth on top of the grain bed. The only way a sprinkle would be more efficient is if your grain bed was exposed nearly dry at the top.

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I try to keep a good 2" above the grain bed which I've done until the end of the Sparge obviously when the liquid level isn't that high. I think where the hose rested on the grain bed was causing a channel.

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I just bought a sparge arm from midwest along with a false bottom to try out fly sparging. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/stain...parge-arm.html

I have a question about fly sparging here, do you drain off your first runnings and then fill it up to 2 inches above the bed, or drain some first runnings off and start the process when you get to 2in above?

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I just bought a sparge arm from midwest along with a false bottom to try out fly sparging. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/stain...parge-arm.html

I have a question about fly sparging here, do you drain off your first runnings and then fill it up to 2 inches above the bed, or drain some first runnings off and start the process when you get to 2in above?
I start the flow very slow and collect the first few quarts to help clear the wort and set the grain bed. I add this back into the mash tun gently. Then I start the Sparge making sure to keep a 2" level above the grain bed
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Ok, awesome. Thanks for clarifying that.

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