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Old 12-18-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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i have been fly sparging for awhile now since making my setup with two Igloos. For a ten gallon batch it works great. For a 5 gallon, it never seems like i have enough water to really keep it above the grain bed like i want. At this lower volume of mash, should I just drain and batch sparge or is the hotter water doing it's job, regardless of the quantity above the bed?

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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Honestly I don't know why any homebrewer fly sparges. Batch sparging is easier and faster. I think fly sparging is still out there because that is how most professional breweries sparge since it can result in higher efficiency. At a homebrew level though I don't see any benefit.

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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Is batch sparging really faster?
I fly sparge. To collect 6.5 gallon takes about 40 min.
I fly sparge because thats what I'm comfortable with and thats how my system is set up, not because a brewery does it.

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:32 AM   #4
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I've never dedicated the time to fly sparge. But for batch sparging, I get great results from 5 or 10 gallon batches, consistently.

Try it once and see if you like it. If it's not for you, go back to fly sparging and enjoy the great hobby we all love.

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Is batch sparging really faster?
I fly sparge. To collect 6.5 gallon takes about 40 min.
I fly sparge because thats what I'm comfortable with and thats how my system is set up, not because a brewery does it.
Yes, it's faster. I collect 7 gallons preboil, and from the time the mash is complete to the time I've got that collected and heating is 10 minutes tops.
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By batch sparging I can collect 13 gallons of wort in about 15-20 minutes.

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I used to fly sparge when I first AG brewed....too much hassle.
I batch sparge now and get great results.

I have two fly sparge set-ups sitting and gathering dust now.

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i'm the other way. used to batch, then got a second cooler and started fly. but for the smaller sparges, i don't know if it's working the same way.

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I cannot see how batch sparging could be faster than fly sparging. Don't you have to let the grain bed settle everytime you add water and mix again?

The way I see it, if you have a good false bottom, fly sparging is the way to go. For me 70% effeincecy is good enough, and I usually get 75-80.

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I sappose batch sparging it wouldn't take very long for the wort to run through the grain bed, so that could help speed things up some.

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I cannot see how batch sparging could be faster than fly sparging. Don't you have to let the grain bed settle everytime you add water and mix again?

The way I see it, if you have a good false bottom, fly sparging is the way to go. For me 70% effeincecy is good enough, and I usually get 75-80.

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I sappose batch sparging it wouldn't take very long for the wort to run through the grain bed, so that could help speed things up some.
No need to let the bed settle. Vorlauf only.

To each their own, but out off curiosity, why do you fly sparge?
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