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Old 09-04-2012, 01:03 AM   #1
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I sparge for about 1-1.5 hours. I have been wondering recently if I could speed this process up somewhat and get the same efficiency (75%). How long does it take you to sparge?


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Old 09-04-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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I typically sparge 45 minutes per 5 gallons.


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Old 09-04-2012, 01:16 AM   #3
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Batch sparge - so about 10 minutes. I still get 75% efficiency.
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10 minutes. 75% eff. Batch sparge
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:45 AM   #5
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That seems like a long time fly or batch. I fly for maybe 1/2 hour. Mid 80's efficiency. IMO, you won't gain much drawing this out. Especially with batch sparging.
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When I batch sparge I use to let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Now I add water, stir a good bit and drain. No ill effect in efficiency, 80-83..
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85ish efficiency, fly sparge. About an hour.
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Mash efficiency or total brewhouse efficiency?
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i double batch sparge for 10min each time, i get 80% total efficiency, for beers above 1.080 i set up beer smith at 75% but i set aside gallon or so of wort for starters
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That is a nice long sparging time, but to only get 75% is odd. I sparge for about 45 minutes max and typically fall in the 78 to 82 % range. Possibly the crush could be increased to bring a little more out? Are you performing a mash out temperature step and bringing the mash up to around 168F? I find that this adds a couple percent to efficiency.


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