« on: January 04, 2010, 10:52:59 PM »
How do you know how much sparge water you will need?
I have The Home Brewers Companion
and it says "...... generaly sparge water will equal about 3/4
to just over the total volume of water necessary for the mash process.
I don't understand this?
And I know you're supposed to stop when the gravity gets below
1.008 but how the hell can you check this without a refractometer?
Stop sparging take a sample of wort cool it down and use a hydrometer?
That seems like a real pain , I've just been sparging till I get my boil volume
but sometimes I think I might be going to far.
Luckily it really isn't rocket science. Before my son gave me my refractometer I sparged until my ketle dad around 12.5 gallons for normal beer 13.5 for beers with a 2 hour boil. People have been brewing beer without thermoeters, refractometers etc for thousands of years. Modern tools do help us be consistent and MAY help optimize our brewing sessions but honestly great beer can be brewed without all the bells and whistles.(but I still love my toys-people see my beer room and it reminds them of a 40's movie of some mad scientist).