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Old 02-12-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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should one just let the sparge water out quicly as possible or should one use some finess and let it drain out slowly in to the kettle, i have read many ways on how to batch sparge. How do you do it?



 
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:33 AM   #2
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I have had no problem just letting it rip. I hold the hose higher than the tun, open the valve all the way , and slowly lower the hose till the wort flows.

EDIT: I have a 79% brewhouse efficincey with my equipment, having said that I mill my own grain.


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Old 02-12-2010, 12:39 AM   #3
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what is your average efficiency on your equipment, i have a round cooler with a s/s false bottom, very simple

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:15 AM   #4
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I vorlauf until the wort runs clear and then just let er rip.

I have been between 74-77 percent on each of my last dozen brews this way using a rectangular 50qt (?) cooler with stainless braid.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:31 PM   #5
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what is your average efficiency on your equipment, i have a round cooler with a s/s false bottom, very simple
With a false bottom you might want to gradually increase the flow.
I know if I just throw the valve open full bore it almost always leads
to a stuck run off.

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:34 PM   #6
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thats what i usually do, i think i am going to try a fly sparge and see if it would increase my efficiency

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:01 PM   #7
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I vorlauf with a slow runoff, then step it up for collection. I don't let mine rip because some characteristic of my home-made tun produces air bubbles in-line at faster runoff speeds. When all's said and done, i never get less than 70% efficiency.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #8
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Part of the appeal of batch sparging is the time savings, so I let 'er rip after settling the grain bed.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:53 PM   #9
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I actually go really slow and get eff around 82-85%. However, I also do two sparges so that may be were the extra efficiency is coming from.

 
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:06 AM   #10
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I actually go really slow and get eff around 82-85%. However, I also do two sparges so that may be were the extra efficiency is coming from.
I dont think the speed of your lautering process makes a difference when batch sparging.

Definitely double or triple batch sparging will increase your efficency due to the fact that you are rinsing more sugars from the grain, but I fail to see the correlation between a slow run-off and increased efficiency.

Some may be concerned about a stuck sparge, but I haven't had any problems with slow or stuck run-offs by opening the valve all the way after allowing the grainbed to settle between spargings.


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