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Old 02-09-2012, 06:15 PM   #11
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I use a spreadsheet I found online (maybe here) that calculates water volumes. I give it the grain weight, boil time, boil off amount and desired post-boil volume and it tells me mash and sparge volumes.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:31 PM   #12
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:55 PM   #13
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i usually just round to a nice, easy to remember and easy to measure amount. Usually bs sets the strike amount and i round it up and round down on the sparge.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:04 PM   #14
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #15
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I just fill my tun up as far as I feel comfortable, then measure my volume in the brew kettle and sparge with the difference it takes to get to my preboil volume. Works well for almost all of my normal gravity brews. If I am going very light or very heavy grain bill I will pay a bit more attention to mash volumes, but not much more attention.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #17
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I also do this. What I don't get is why a slow sparge is needed? I get ~80% eff with double batch sparge and that doesn't take me anywhere near 45 min.
I get 85-90% with a single batch sparge. Save yourself some effort.
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HA! That makes me feel better. I don't get star struck by pro athletes or movie stars, but I gotta admit that when I saw Tasty had posted to me, I felt like the beer gods were smiling on me! Maybe I'll print it out and try to get him to sign one day....

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Old 02-10-2012, 12:46 AM   #19
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I think we can all agree a response from me is coveted as well...
Well, at the very least I have to admit that I see your initials a LOT on these interwebs!
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:00 AM   #20
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I get 85-90% with a single batch sparge. Save yourself some effort.
Who are you to claim such things?


I kid, I kid.....
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