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Old 11-05-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
May 2007
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I'm forced into doing an all grain batch even though I'd rather not. I ordered a kit from Northern Brewer and I may have accidently ordered the all grain version or they sent me the wrong one... water under the bridge at this point.

Rather than sending it back, I'm just going to do it. I've been brewing for years and have avoided all grain like HIV... it's probably time.

So I'm doing a batch sparge - here's what I'm thinking for my water calculations.

5 gallon batch
6 gallon boil
11 lb grain bill

3.6 gal water (1.3 qt water per/lb grain = 14.3 qt)
1.1 gal absorption

.5 gal (this will correct for my absorption and give me 3 gal in the first runoff)

3 gal (this will give me a total of about 6 gallons in the brew pot, right?)

Does that look about right?

Any other advice for a new batch-sparger?

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Old 11-05-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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always heat up extra sparge water....your going to need it first time. Also preheat your cooler or whatever your using with hotter water than you need. Check out bobby_m's all grain primer in my sig if you get stuck. Otherwise looks good. What are you mashing in?
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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You'll be OK with that method. Make sure your sparge water is about 180-185F.

You might end up boiling off more than a gallon in 60 minutes. I know I'm closer to 1.5 gallons per 60 min.
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