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I've fly sparged both ways, keeping a steady bed of sparge water in and letting it run dry.  It seems to work either way but I've never really compared efficiencies, etc.  I've found that letting it run dry is easier because I have a measured amount of sparge water and once it runs through my kettle volume is usually just where I want it.

That being said I've been making the transition to batch sparging simply for the time savings of skipping the fly sparge and have had great results with that as well.

If anyone has noticed an efficiency difference with different methods of fly sparging I'd love to hear it.  I would think the biggest difference would come from the amount of time you spend doing the fly sparge

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: steam beers
« on: January 03, 2010, 01:33:10 PM »
Yeah they are pretty good beers ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: aspirations
« on: January 03, 2010, 01:32:32 PM »
I would love to go pro but the student loans for my current career (veterinarian) cost way to much for me to afford on a brewer's salary right now  :-[

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much did you brew in 2009?
« on: January 03, 2010, 01:31:21 PM »
12 batches ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt Conditioning
« on: December 22, 2009, 02:55:07 PM »
This is 5.5kg of MO treated with 250ml of water, stir well &  let soak for 15min  before grinding. As you can see the husk is in great shape while I have plenty of well cracked grain(flour).


All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt Conditioning
« on: December 17, 2009, 01:19:14 PM »
I didn't calculate the efficiency on this one but the crush is just so aesthetically pleasing and easy to do that I plan to do it on all my brews from now on  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
« on: December 17, 2009, 04:44:59 AM »
Another Pale Ale. Brewing with my knucklehead friends. Nothing special.

However, I am prepping for a Stein beer project. Drilling granite blocks so I can rig it and drop the heated stones into a wooden brewing vessel.

Just finished drilling 9 granite blocks, which is harder than it sounds.

That's pretty cool.  My homebrew club it thinking about doing a steinbier this winter

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA done.
« on: December 16, 2009, 04:26:45 PM »
That looks really nice!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging Saisons?
« on: December 10, 2009, 04:11:02 PM »
That looks pretty awesome!  I'm getting very thirsty! ;D

Ingredients / Re: Briess Cherry Smoked Malt
« on: December 10, 2009, 12:28:52 PM »
Thanks! ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Stable
« on: December 10, 2009, 05:15:52 AM »
I just added some 1056 to my yeast ranch :D.  What cultures are people ranching out there?

Ingredients / Re: Briess Cherry Smoked Malt
« on: December 10, 2009, 05:13:57 AM »
I'm glad that recipe continues to work for people! It seems to be pretty well loved across the board.

Which reminds me.. gotta go rack my smoked boddington's

Can you post the recipe or point me in the direction to find it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging Saisons?
« on: December 10, 2009, 05:09:17 AM »
Depends. I brew a number of different Saisons. Some I drink fresh. Other I might age for 2 weeks and other 4-6 weeks. It just depends on the OG and yeast.  I have some Saisons that are several years old - way past their prime. I have some soured saisons that are over a year old that I haven't even tasted yet.

The saison I brew most frequently though I age for about 2 weeks and drink. it is a 1.060ish Saison spiced with Ginger and Lime leaves. It is best fresh.

Ginger and lime leaves, that sounds really good!  How much do you use and how do you get them into the beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pictures of turkey day brew
« on: December 08, 2009, 09:10:34 PM »
 ;) I assumed he was talking about my system too.  If I had a welder I would have built something out of steel but I have woodworking tools so that is what I went with.  I really don't have a problem with the burner.  The vast majority of the heat is directed upwards so there isn't much heat under the burner myself.  I do make sure that I don't have the burner too close to the tier that supports the mash tun.  At some point I will probably add a heat shield to it.

Equipment and Software / Re: My BK pickup is finally done
« on: December 08, 2009, 04:18:33 AM »
I built a circular copper manifold for my kettle.  It looks great but I do have problems with it clogging.  I'm not good at the whirlpool thing and I always forget to pickup hop bags.  I guess I need to work on that ;)!

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