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Old 01-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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If you collect wort in a bucket, use a bottling bucket. This way you can slap some tubing on the spigot and gravity drain the wort into your kettle to avoid excessive aeration.
I've been experimenting with pouring from a collection bucket into the kettle on the last 6 batches. No problems noted.


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Old 01-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #12
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I am looking forward to my first AG brew next week and had a question about batch sparging.

My setup is basically a 9gal brew kettle and a cooler mash tun. My question is: what is your hardware and process for batch sparging?

My initial thoughts was that I would be fine with a single kettle and MLT, but it seems I will need an extra vessel for either boiling water OR collecting the wort between batches.

I was thinking of using a plastic pail to collect the wort, but I would be worried about aerating the wort when putting it back in the BK. Now I am thinking of just getting another large kettle for boiling water, I was just hoping to avoid that expense.

Thoughts? What do you do?
Am I the only one who doesn't worry about aeration at this point? I mean after my mash and sparge are done I put my wort into my boiling kettle and it rolls around for 60+ minutes. Am I wrong in thinking that boiling forces most of the oxygen out of my wort anyway? Then, when the boil is done and I have chilled the wort and pitched the yeast I try my best to get as much aeration as possible to give the yeast a nice environment to do their thing. Am I completely off base here???


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Am I the only one who doesn't worry about aeration at this point? I mean after my mash and sparge are done I put my wort into my boiling kettle and it rolls around for 60+ minutes. Am I wrong in thinking that boiling forces most of the oxygen out of my wort anyway? Then, when the boil is done and I have chilled the wort and pitched the yeast I try my best to get as much aeration as possible to give the yeast a nice environment to do their thing. Am I completely off base here???
I have never worried about it. My fermenter takes my first runnings, sparge runnings go into BK, then fermenter runnings go in to BK and boil away.

Never had any issues. I dont splash the **** out of it, but i just pour it in.
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I've been experimenting with pouring from a collection bucket into the kettle on the last 6 batches. No problems noted.
I know where you're coming from. HSA is really not that big of a worry. My wort gets exposed to plenty of oxygen pre-boil when I brew larger batches and I've never had a problem. Just answering the OP's question. That's how I do it for 5 gallon batches since it's not that much more trouble to drain thorugh a spigot for peace of mind.
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I have two buckets with volume markers on the side to collect the wort while the sparge water is heating in the brew kettle. After I get my first runoff, I set the mash tun back on the floor, dump in the sparge water, and put my first runoff into the brew kettle. Never needed an extra pot. Plus the buckets help me gauge if Im hitting my volumes by seeing how many gal I collect.
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+1 for the bottling bucket for transfer and temp storage. It also has pre-marked gallon measurements for double checking sparge volumes. Hot side aeration may be overstated, but I'm not a fan of pouring gallons of hot, sticky wort.
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I have a second pot for sparge water.
Easy that way.
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I have 1 boil kettle and two 10 gal round coolers. I heat the strike water and dump it into the mash tun. Then heat more water and dump it into the 2nd cooler for my sparge water. By the time the 1st cooler can be drained into the boil kettle, the second cooler will stay hot enough to batch sparge, just dump it in and mix.
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I also use my bottling bucket. Comes in handy with measurements and saves me from buying more equipment.
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this is my setup (of course barrel and boxes are not there when in use), it is very convenient to use, add water to the top keg (through hose with carbon filter), heat water, drain into the mash tun, drain mash tun into bottom keg, repeat whole process for sparging


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