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Old 06-22-2006, 01:38 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by uwmgdman
After my mash is complete: (batch sparging)
1) Begin draining wort and recirculate until clear; draining all liquid from mash tun into boil pot
2) Close valve, add sparge water, stir water and grains, let sit ~10 mins, repeat step 1

And if I want I can spilt the sparge water into two equal parts and perform two batch sparges.

Also since I'm only going to be doing partial mashes and boiling smaller volumes (~3.5 gals) should I refrain from splitting the batch sparges into two equal sparges because I might not have enough water for each sparge or should I be ok?


Take another look at this post:
I had pretty good luck adding about half of the sparge water (almost boiling) to the mash, recirculating to clarify the wort, and draining the tun into the brew pot. Add the rest of the sparge, stir, recirculate again then drain the remainder into the brew pot

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Old 06-22-2006, 01:45 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Sephro
I'm thinking of upgrading to either a 10 gallon or a rectangle cooler..

Only reason I didn't get the 10 gallon to start with is the cost..

5 gallon coolers are $18 10 gallons are $49 :\
Then you essentially wasted $18, since after you upgrade you're left with an 18 dollar cooler that'll never get used again. Don't mess around get the big cooler right away. You can always use a big cooler for small batches , but you can't use a small cooler for big batches.
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Old 06-22-2006, 02:33 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Prowler 13
I wouldn't think going all grain is much cheaper. Not enough to pay out for a long time unless you brew a lot of beer.
I spent about $400 on extra equipment for all grain over a period of about 10 years. I brew a 5g batch every two to three weeks. Each batch saves me about $10 (buying in bulk). That takes 40 batches to recover the cost of the equipment.

By my calculations, I've saved about $1,600 over the past 10 years.

The down-side is if I charge for my time at the rate I get paid, it has cost me an extra $50,000.

I don't think I'll quit my day job to become a professional brewer.


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