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Old 10-29-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default Simple sparge arm

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


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Old 10-29-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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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.


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Old 10-29-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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Fold up some aluminum foil, pour slowly on top of that. Works like a charm.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:54 PM   #4
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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:



Shown here testing it intially with only water:



And this for the recirculation return while mashing:



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:



It's cheap, effective and very easy to build. Works for me.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:57 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:10 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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This is how I do it:


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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:26 PM   #9
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Wayne,

Does the hose float on top of the liquid leaving the grain bed alone?
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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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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