Thanks for the info, Rob. It sounds like we're on the right track.
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Denny, please remind me how long you normally stir after you've added your sparge water,
and how long you let the grain bed settle after stirring, before running off the sparge.
I've been stirring for about five minutes (usually 25 - 35 lbs malt for 10 - 12 gallon batches) using a big mash paddle and waiting for at least 10 minutes after that before running off.
One thing I've noticed batch sparging is that when I slow down the runoff it gets clear. When I speed it up it gets cloudy.
I usually let it go fast and have the paricles settle out after the boil.
I haven't experimented yet to see if there is an effect on efficiency or flavor of the finished beer. Would be interesting though.
Although tone is in the fingers, on fretteds I still sometimes get the heavy pick out. You can get a lot of tonal variations out of a bass with a pick...pinch harmonics, etc. I guess its the residual progrock fascination that was never quite expurgated from me.
Would a FG of 1.027-1.030 be too high?
Bass tone is in the fingers. Well let's just say they play a significant role in your tone. I love the look of that GW bass.