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mrbugawkagawk 10-29-2009 09:11 PM

Simple sparge arm
 
anyone have a sparge arm that they made that is very simple and cheap to make but gets the job done

GilaMinumBeer 10-29-2009 09:13 PM

The simplest sparge arm I have ever made involved my arm, holding a hose, that dumped onto a perforated pie tin.

the rest, are too gimmicky for my taste.

Adam78K 10-29-2009 09:24 PM

Fold up some aluminum foil, pour slowly on top of that. Works like a charm.

Catt22 10-29-2009 09:54 PM

Or if you prefer, here's a gimmicky one that I built for about $5 using cpvc. I use it for the recirculation return, as a sparge arm and for the return again when whirlpool chilling with a pump. It's fully adjustable vertically for various batch sizes:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3448/...3bd5192c1e.jpg

Shown here testing it intially with only water:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3655/...7585071998.jpg

And this for the recirculation return while mashing:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3298/...a81e2cfdbb.jpg

A close up of the 90's attached to the ends. These are not glued on and can be rotated as desired for the swirl effect:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/...acd1e6029c.jpg

It's cheap, effective and very easy to build. Works for me.

Riddei 06-11-2012 08:57 AM

I built my manifold and sparge arm out of cpvc. Both in 45 mins for less than $20. Its a simple bar with holes drilled into and the ends capped. Used it last night for the first time. I was able to walk away for an hour or so.

wailingguitar 06-11-2012 12:10 PM

Like the tin plate and aluminum foil guys above, I go simple too... plastic pitcher for the hot liquor and a wooden spoon to diffuse it over. My MLT is big enough to hold all of my sparge water, so once I start runoff, I begin putting the sparge on top of the grain bed. Get it all in in 10 minutes or less and don't have to worry about it.

jcaudill 06-11-2012 05:13 PM

This is how I do it:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7064/6...4234fe7d_z.jpg
photo 3 by brewerJP

Most would probably call this overkill but it works well for me. It's a Spiraljet spray nozzle that has 360 degree coverage and works well with the March pumps. Has a very gentle spray.

BargainFittings 06-11-2012 06:24 PM

I use a barb on the inside at the top and hook up a silicone tube and float it on the surface of the mash. Make it long enough and it holds against the side when pumping wort.

nicadrick 06-11-2012 07:26 PM

Wayne,

Does the hose float on top of the liquid leaving the grain bed alone?

SamBrewer 06-11-2012 08:39 PM

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here is my solution: a copper tube coil with a lot of small holes drilled

very easy to make...


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