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Old 11-24-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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I've been doing all-grain for almost 6 months now, but I finally bought BeerSmith. For batch sparge, it recommends 4 steps: draining the first runnings, and then 3 batches for the sparge.

I know this is just the default setting and can be changed, but I'm sure it's there for a reason. Does anyone do 3 batches for the sparge? Or just one? Or two?
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I've been doing all-grain for almost 6 months now, but I finally bought BeerSmith. For batch sparge, it recommends 4 steps: draining the first runnings, and then 3 batches for the sparge.

I know this is just the default setting and can be changed, but I'm sure it's there for a reason. Does anyone do 3 batches for the sparge? Or just one? Or two?
I never heard of anybody doing three, but I'd guess that about half of batch spargers do a second round. It really depends on the volumes also- if there isn't enough water to thoroughly saturate the grains with two sparges, even those who like to do two rounds will do one.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:52 AM   #3
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IME the only reason the software would prescribe that many steps is if your equipment can't handle the volume required.

Make sure your equipment profile is set up properly and if you see any red dots next to something it means your capacity is maxed out or not capable of accommodating the recipe.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:44 AM   #4
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I think three is the default on the default equipment. That's nonsense. You need to fill the kettle to at least a couple inches above the grains and then stir the crap out of it. I usually have enough water to do two good batches. If I am in a hurry I do it all at once but I try to split it between two with the first being just enough to get a couple inches above the grains and then let the second one be a little larger to get a thorough washing of the grain.

 
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:10 AM   #5
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We do one sparge. We used to do 2 but found it a waste of time as we had rinsed 99% of the sugars with the first sparge. We just get to boil volume for the desired OG ( We add water or plan a boil down). 99.9999% we add water.

 
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:07 PM   #6
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With my 5 gallon MLT, I find that it takes 2 batches to get it all in. I usually have somewhere near 13 lbs of grain per batch since I prefer stronger beers so I can't fit all of the sparge water in one batch.
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So if the mash tun can hold the liquid, one batch sparge is good enough?

 
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So if the mash tun can hold the liquid, one batch sparge is good enough?
Absolutely. Although, I find that I have little better efficiency (1 - 2%) when I double-batch sparge.
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Absolutely. Although, I find that I have little better efficiency (1 - 2%) when I double-batch sparge.
Exactly, The 1-to 2% is not "wort" my time. You can add 25 cents of grain and accomplish the same thing on a 5 gallon batch.

 
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Exactly, The 1-to 2% is not "wort" my time. You can add 25 cents of grain and accomplish the same thing on a 5 gallon batch.
Agreed.
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