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Possible alternative to the blichman autosparge

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buckeyebrewer

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I thought about the whole auto sparge idea....if you drill a hole in your mash tun .....then lets say you want to brew a 10 gallon batch instead of 5 gallon....the auto sparge won't be in the right place for the larger/smaller grain bill.
 

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I use the AutoSparge in my MLT & love it. I mash in a Sanke and have it installed as high as possible. No problems adjusting it for 5 gal vs 10 gal batches.

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I thought the autosparge was a great idea, but a little expensive. So, I tried what you found a little while ago. i don't know if it's the same valve, but it looks about the same as I remember (i'm at work)

I found a 3/8 inch plastic float valve that was temperature tolerant and I built my own. I mash and sparge in a cooler and I went through the lid of the cooler right in the middle. I drilled a hole just large enough for the inlet of the float valve. I used a 3/8 to 1/2 coupler and a 1/2 inch hose barb for the inlet. In the cooler I built a sparge "ring" out of temperature tolerant braided vinyl tubing. It hangs just below the lid

It woked great as long as I turned the flow of the runnings down pretty low. Can it be too slow?? A question I haven't seen. The idea for me was to sparge without having to open the cooler, but unfortunately I still needed to vorlauf. Another question, can you have too much water in a fly sparge as long as you stop at the correct SG or boil volume? Basically, does it matter if there is a lot of water above the grain bed and ultimately left behind in your MLT after you reach your SG or boil vloume?

I've only used it twice as I was batch sparging previously, but I did see an increase in efficiency. It does take longer than batch sparging though and that may be why. I think it must be doing a better job of rinsing the grain bed with the fly sparge.
 

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Looks like a toilet tank float setup to me. As far as the Blingman Auto Sparge, I'd just go with an elbow and piece of silicone tubing in the mash tun.
 
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