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Easy vorlauf
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:36:44 PM »
Rather than slowly pour the 2 or so quarts during the initial run-off when batch sparging I thought.......there has to be a better way.

Deep casserole tin and a thermometer is all thats required
Poke a bunch of holes in the middle..VOILA!
By the time my wort starts to run clear its about enough to fill this, then I can move on to other things (cleaning, etc.)

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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 06:56:01 PM »
Ummm . .  Is that a RED mash tun?  ;D
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 07:05:07 PM »
That IS a stainless steel takeout tin, isn't it?  :D
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 07:17:07 PM »
Why vorlauf at all? 

I insert the runoff hose into a nylon paint strainer bag. Just crack the valve open and start the runoff.  Continue to open the valve in small increments until it is fully open.  When I'm done I have less than a teaspoon of grain in the bag. No need to vorlauf, in my opinion.  :)
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 07:44:12 PM »
Ummm . .  Is that a RED mash tun?  ;D

What other color could someone possibly choose?
Its been proven time and again that red mash tuns improve efficiency, fermentation and the love life of those that use them.

That IS a stainless steel takeout tin, isn't it?  :D

Nope, a cheapo aluminum one.

Why vorlauf at all? 

I insert the runoff hose into a nylon paint strainer bag. Just crack the valve open and start the runoff.  Continue to open the valve in small increments until it is fully open.  When I'm done I have less than a teaspoon of grain in the bag. No need to vorlauf, in my opinion.  :)

......thats easier than running it into a pitcher then dumping into a tin how?
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010, 09:38:02 AM »
I guess I don't understand why you're pouring it back into the tin....
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2010, 09:38:53 AM »
I guess I don't understand why you're pouring it back into the tin....

I think he's trying not to disturb the grain bed.  I've never had an issue dumping it right in, though.
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2010, 09:42:10 AM »
I guess I don't understand why you're pouring it back into the tin....

I think he's trying not to disturb the grain bed.  I've never had an issue dumping it right in, though.

Me, either....hence the question.
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2010, 09:44:36 AM »

Me, either....hence the question.

ah, now I see, kemusabe.  ;) ;D
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2010, 10:02:51 AM »
Had an issue once just dumping it in there and started doing it after that,
I could stop but if I have issues again I'm chasing you guys down.

I stir before my first run off and let the grain bed settle for a few minutes.



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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2010, 10:34:54 AM »
I stir before my first run off and let the grain bed settle for a few minutes.

Now I will poke into the hornet nest.

I stir my grain bed when I am sparging.
This prevents any channeling.

All this said you only need about 3" of grain bed for clear run off.
I recirculate while mashing and when I sparge I stir top of grain bed a few times.
I have a feeling (but not proof) that I get slightly better extraction.
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2010, 11:09:02 AM »

I stir my grain bed when I am sparging.
I have a feeling (but not proof) that I get slightly better extraction.

Yes . . I thought it was obligatory to stir the sparge water . . at least a little if BATCH sparging. Of course I STOP stirring about a minute or so before I drain the sparge.  
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2010, 11:35:01 AM »
It is pretty much a necessity to stir in the sparge water well before your sparge runoff if you're batch sparging.  But I don't wait at all after doing that...I simply start my vorlauf and it clears within a qt. or 2.
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2010, 11:47:32 AM »
Hi, I'm Sean and I don't vorlauf. :-[

I did it the first dozen or so times, then realized the number of grain particles I was actually keeping out of the boil was in the low double digits.
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Re: Easy vorlauf
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2010, 12:24:29 PM »
Yeah, it's just based on if you need it or not.  I do it every time since it's fast and easy for me, but I hardly ever need to vorlauf more than a qt.  Takes just a few seconds, so I do it anyway.
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