Originally Posted by BrewFrisco
Q1 - How do I determine the volume of water to use for sparging?
Q2 - Am I trying to partial too much grain with the equipment that I am working with?
Q1: Everyone goes about this in a little different way. My personal method is to use a total
of 3 quarts of water per pound of grain when I brew. This is divided between the mash and the sparge. I've been mashing thinner lately, so I use 1.5 qr/lb for the mash, and then the other 1.5 qt/lb for the sparge. (I batch sparge).
Q2: I think you are going to have some issues with that much grain and that small of a pot. Using my 3 qt/lb method, I would end up using 21 quarts of water for 7# of grain. That's 5.25 gallons of water, split between mash and sparge. The grain will absorb about 1 gallon of that water, but that would still leave me with about 4 gallons of wort collected from the mash.