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Old 11-05-2012, 04:38 PM   #81
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Thank you unionrdr and J for the information. Now it's not *quite* so confusing... When it comes time to venture into (your chosen name)-mashing, I will read up on the 'dunk sparging' technique.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #82
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I was thinking of trying the dunk sparge myself next time. I sparge with 1.5 gallons of water,should be 160-165F. Instead of pouring over the grain bag in a collander on top of the BK,just leave the hot water in the other pot & dunk/soak the grain bag in it for a few minutes then squeeze.


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Old 11-05-2012, 05:28 PM   #83
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As I just posted in another thread, I just tried the colander / sprinkle-sparge and found it FAR easier than a dunk sparge, and got as good or better efficiency. Part of my issue, though, is that I only have one pot large enough to mash/sparge in, and only one pot large enough to store the liquor after mash. As a result, I have no way of heating the dunk sparge water until after I've finished the mash. That adds an extra half hour or so, plus a lot of uncertainty about the sparge temp because the grain bag cools significantly while the water is heating.

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:33 PM   #84
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That's why when Giant Eagle had a set of four nested SS stock pots with lids,steamer trays AND polished for some $25 bucks I made a huge scarf! This ws about feb of last year. Now I have plenty of pots,& some new higher powered burners as well. So I can get the BK/MT & HLT going at once. And the better burners will now let 3 gallons of water/wort in my 5G BK boil in about 18 minutes vs a couple hours before.
Anyway,you say the normal sparge & dunk sparge are about the same in your experience? I'll have to try it & see how the readings come out.
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Stupid question: When I place an order to do my partial mash, do I have them crush the grains, or should I do it myself, or does it matter?

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Stupid question: When I place an order to do my partial mash, do I have them crush the grains, or should I do it myself, or does it matter?
If you have a good mill and the knowledge of how to operate it, feel free to crush yourself. If you are going to be relying on a rolling pin or a hammer, get them precrushed!
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Thanks, I was looking at midwest's Boston Red, but they want an arm/leg for shipping, I'm looking at Austin Homebrew now, and the shipping is $6.99 flat and their budget mini-mash's are between $20-25....

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Yeah,midwest's Fed-Ex home delivery is $11.41 to where I live. If you sign up for their E-mails,you sometimes get shipping deals.
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I went ahead and stuck with midwest, Adding up everything at Austin's was still more expensive, but not much. I ordered the Boston Red from Midwest, shipping was $14. But the kit itself was just $24.99. Cheaper than extract...

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That's what I liked about midwest's pm kits. They're about 10-15 bucks cheaper than my multiple extract batches. My 1st pm kit of there's will be ready to drink for Thanksgiving. Their cascade pale ale. I gotta check the grain prices over at JW Dover in Westlake. Maybe I can save the shipping costs locally?


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