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Re: How big for a homebrewer?
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2012, 09:32:35 AM »
Something I've been wondering lately is how hot the water really needs to be to sparge.  Since you are washing the sugar out of the grain, not converting the starch what is the issue with using warm water, not hot.

I think Denny talked about cold sparging and said he only saw a little drop in lauter efficiency. so yeah it should work, if you have a hot water on demand system you could for sure use that to sparge!

Kai actually did an experiment by sparging with room temp water and didn't find any negative effect on efficiency.  My lone experiment showed me the same thing.

Speaking of Kai...have you heard from him lately?

I wonder if he'll be in Seattle.
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Re: How big for a homebrewer?
« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2012, 10:14:15 AM »

Speaking of Kai...have you heard from him lately?

I wonder if he'll be in Seattle.

Nope, haven't heard a word.  I hope he'll be in Seattle, but since we haven't heard anything form him, I kinda doubt it.
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Re: How big for a homebrewer?
« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2012, 10:19:40 AM »
Re: Kai - I've been wondering the same thing.  Never met him but appreciated the advice.

Re: Fermenters - yes, I'm thinking about that and how much I can ferment/store at any one time.  I realize that without appropriate sized tanks, it's sort of useless.  Right now it's fermenters that are my problem.  I am thinking of buying sanke kegs for storing the finished beer.  I'm becoming disenchanted with cleaning cornies.  I realize that I'd then need some specialized cleaning equipment for them.  Since I'm starting from scratch and I've got lots of time to dream, I figured I may as well get started dreaming.  The reason I asked the question on size is so that I don't over do things in my enthusiasm so I welcome the reality checks.

Re: Major - I'd love to see some pictures of your smaller system.