Very nice setup! I've gotten noticeably better extraction with Avangard pils, so I'm curious to see how you end up. Great February weather.
I've seen this reported from some . i haven't seen any big difference- besides a point or so and that's within the variability expectation. perhaps though i'm not going to see much difference as I do crush pretty tight.
I also didn't see much of a difference. I got 72% efficiency, which is my normal. Not sure why it was similar to a no sparge from last weekend, but I estimated that I'd get 72% anyway so I nailed my numbers (1.049 OG) - just didn't get the extra beer I was kinda hoping for! Perhaps next time I'll take better mash notes. Yesterday was a laissez-faire type of brew day. The weather gave me a case of 'don't really cares'.
Hey Scot, when do I get to try the cyser?
I think I figured out the no sparge/batch sparge similarity. I don't really do a no-sparge. I just mashout with the extra water, recirc, and drain. It's basically a quick batch sparge.