I used to batch sparge, but now I fly the helicopter for an hour.5 and drink beer. (It’s old, and sounds rather like the windmill
in the opening scene of the movie, Once Upon A Time in the West (1968).
Batch sparging is easier and quicker, to be sure, but – for me – I really like that extremely clear beer that comes out from an hour long settled grain bed.
I can only get into the 80s efficiency if I take well over an hour to lauter. Sparging time is only about 40min - actually sprinkling sparge water over the grainbed - but lautering is much longer, more like 1:25.
If time is money, spend it on a few more handfuls of grain and remove the efficiency field from your BeerSmith main page.