If changing won't make better beer, why change? Great question!
At some point this question might come up. If person A is doing something that works great for them, why would person B be so adamant that person A should change? Especially if person B has nothing riding on it and will never try person A's beer. If A is struggling and looking for a remedy, I get it.
And I believe kludge is in the eye of the beholder guys. Just sayin...
I agree with you Jim. My responses to Lee were based on his assertions that pumps and a sparge arm are necessary to continuous sparge, and that anything short of a complex setup when continuous sparging was a kludge.
Mark, I think we're on the same page. My point was only that I'd have to do SOMETHING different to perform a continuous sparge - either acquire some additional equipment or what I was terming a "kludge", or both. My definition for "kludge" in this case was some (relatively) inelegant rearrangement of existing equipment in my kitchen to support a continuous sparge via gravity feed. And if that effort wouldn't be likely to result in better beer, it would be simply for the experience of trying something different.
To that point, do you think that either sparge method makes a significant difference in the beer, at homebrew scale?