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ISLAGI 11-23-2008 06:46 PM

To sparge, or not to sparge...

I have probably read too much, but I'll ask anyway...

I have tried my first two batches from extract kits, one currently bottled and one in the primary. Both of the recipes had additional grains for steeping before the boil. I use a bag for the grains and remove them after about a 25 minute steep.

The question is do I need to/should I sparge the grains before I toss them? I know the directions specify not to squeeze the bag (to avoid tannins?), but I am not sure if I am missing out on any good flavors. Also, when I fill the grain bag, should I do it over the brew pot, or will I get some bad funkiness from the grain dust staying in the pot for the boil?

Other that, RDWHAHB, anyone have any thoughts?


TheJadedDog 11-23-2008 08:16 PM

Sparging is about getting all the sugars out after mashing. Since you are not mashing and not extracting any sugars, there is no need to sparge your steeping grains. What I do is lift the bag of grains out of the kettle and let it as much of the water drain back into the kettle as possible, then I toss.

Laughing_Gnome_Invisible 11-23-2008 08:20 PM

Your steeping grains are for flavour and colour. Sparging is for extraction sugars etc. you are golden if you just follow our directions.

histo320 11-24-2008 12:24 AM

I always let the bag drip into the kettle, then place it in a strainer into a bowl, let it strain some more, and add the extra about half way through the boil. I don't really have a good setup for sparging at this time.

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