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Old 09-18-2008, 02:53 AM   #1
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When you all batch sparge, what do you use to know that your getting the right amount in. Like do you all have a spoon marked? Kettle marked? Let me know whats the best way to do this. Thanks
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:56 AM   #2
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My paddle is marked for my kettle, so that's how I measure my strike water. During the mash I use the kettle to measure the amount for my first sparge into my HLT, and I just remember where the level is for when I fill it again.
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:58 AM   #3
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I use a marked pitcher to tranfer my sparge water to the MLT.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:20 PM   #4
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I measure the amount of water that I then heat up to strike or sparge temps and add maybe a pint more for evaporation. Nothing too exact but close enough.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:22 PM   #5
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I have the pot marked, so I know how much is in there. (Pink nail polish on the outside works well). Then, my boil kettle is marked, too, so I can see what my runnings are. If I need more or less, I adjust then.

I use Beersmith, and almost always hit my volumes 100%, though.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:29 PM   #6
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I have a marked sight guage on my HLT and measure by deduction. I calculate all the volumes using BeerSmith.

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Old 09-18-2008, 01:29 PM   #7
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My first 5 gallon boil pot has makings for every gallon. I just use that and eyeball when I need inbetween levels.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:59 PM   #8
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Before I installed sight glasses all around, I ran off both hot liquor and wort into graduated ale pales (has .5 gallon increments marked).
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:56 PM   #9
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I always heat 5 gallons of water to about 170 and then use a 2qt saucepan to dip and transfer to my mashtun. Close is close enough for me.
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:58 PM   #10
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I use marked 5 gallon buckets that you can get from lowes, then I use them again to measure my total drainings from the MLT, so I know how much I am putting into the boil.
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