Originally Posted by Bobbyfunkhouse
Thank you ever so much for your reply, very helpful, I worded my first question incorrectly in retrospect. I read quite a lot of reading about the batch sparge process this afternoon, and am probably getting confused with the way he wrote it, I assume the volumes of liquid he is talking about in the first highlighted block are the mash liquid rather than 5 gallons of fresh water in two stages?
Not exactly sure what your asking. If, by "mash liquid", you mean the extracted wort from your first runnings? Then the answer is no. That's not what is meant in the recipe. You will be using 5 gallons of fresh water split into two stages for your batch sparge. Here's how it should go:
Mash your 5.94 quarts of fresh water (about 1.5 gallons) for an hour.
Collect your first runnings (I won't get into how that is done).
Add 2.63 gallons of fresh water and collect more runnings.
Add 2.47 gallons of fresh water and collect more runnings again.
Each of the individual runnings collected go into the brew pot. The runnings from your batch sparges will be significantly lighter in color than the runnings from your original mash. Add fresh water to the brew pot (if necessary) to reach 6 gallons in the pot for the boil and continue with the recipe.
Remember, you lose some water during mashing and sparging as the grains soak it in. A general rule of thumb, you mash with 1.25 to 1.5 quarts per pound of grain and sparge with .5 gallons per pound of grain.