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R.I.P. Billy Mayes. I miss you.
So after 40 some AG batches I have decided to give fly sparging a shot. I've always been a batch sparger (Thanks Denny) and get around 65-68% eff. I'm on a "Big-ger Beer" kick so I want to get as much as I can out of my grainbed the next go 'round. I hoping to get into that 75-80% range. I use a 10 gal Gott mashtun and wondering what some of you guys are using for sparging. I like the cool "whirly" gig thing but I don't know how hard that would be to build. I've also thought about just going with some simple coiled copper tubing. Any thoughts are appreciated.
Regardless, looking back on it 158F is pretty high by convention. I'm surprised you've hit 1.018 at all. So probably you really weren't that high due to the imbalances in a direct fired mashing process. Convection and mixing etc...
Try batch sparging at a single infusion temp- say 153F...?
So you don't know any Germans? Schmidt is the German equivalent of Smith. Someone who makes something, usually in metal working. You know what a blacksmith is, I am sure.
In German, knife is messer and smith is schmidt. So in German someone who makes knives and swords was a Messerschmidt...