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Old 03-29-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hey guys, looking for your suggestions on how you add your wort back into your tun without disturbing the grain bed when batch sparging? Doing it real slow with over 2 quarts is pretty annoying. Any tips?

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Float something on top like a large piece of foil, a dinner plate, foam, plastic lid, etc and dump on top of it

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Drink a homebrew while vorlaufing & it won't seem so annoying.

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Float something on top like a large piece of foil, a dinner plate, foam, plastic lid, etc and dump on top of it
+1, I use alum foil and pour onto that.
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I just take my pitcher, run some off into it and pour it back in....*shrug* if you have several pounds of grain that has sat for an hour and absorbed water, it's really going to take a soup ladle dug in to disturb the bed. Pouring in a little bit of wort really isn't going to do any damage.

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I'm a fly sparger so maybe I'm missing something here, but why would you care about a small bit of bed disturbance when batch sparging? Aren't the multiple rounds of sparging going to fix any sort of minor channeling you might create?

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I'm a fly sparger so maybe I'm missing something here, but why would you care about a small bit of bed disturbance when batch sparging? Aren't the multiple rounds of sparging going to fix any sort of minor channeling you might create?
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I guess maybe I am being over cautious. I am going to try the aluminum foil next time anyhow. Thanks a lot.

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+1 to floating something on top. I used to use a piece of aluminum foil but stopped that in favor of a round tupperware lid. I like the lid better just because it's more rigid than foil.

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If your grainbed is more than 3-4 inches deep, you won't disturb it by vorlaufing. I just use a pitcher and pour it on top. You should have several inches of liquid on top anyway, so the little bit of liquid you pour in when vorlaufing won't bother it anyway.

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