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Offline wheelhousebrewing

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Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:42:09 PM »
Any suggestions on devices to help automate sparging? I am using a picnic cooler mash/lauter tun.  To date, I have been ladling sparge water with a 1qt cup onto a plate held above the grain bed (using gloves of course).  It can be a pain, especially when I'd rather be measuring the runoff pH and grav.

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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2012, 07:12:38 PM »
Why not just batch sparge?

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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2012, 07:20:36 PM »
Why not just batch sparge?

+1!  Would save a lot of time and energy compared to what you are doing now.
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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 09:58:02 AM »
Why not just batch sparge?

+1!  Would save a lot of time and energy compared to what you are doing now.

+2!  One of the best process changes I've made.

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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 10:03:37 AM »
+3!

With batch-sparging you're gonna get a great efficiency and have less of a headache overall. Fewer fiddly bits too. A very straight forward process and system.
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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2012, 10:52:38 AM »
First I'll say I've nothing against batch sparging.

I built a manifold from copper pipe (it was cheap back in the day) with slits I made with a hacksaw.  It rests on the top of the cooler and drips across the surface of the water.  I control the flow with a tubing clamp on the hose from the HLT.
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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2012, 01:47:29 PM »
onto a plate held above the grain bed (using gloves of course).  It can be a pain, especially when I'd rather be measuring the runoff pH and grav.

As others have said, batch sparge, then don't worry about the PH and gravity for the most part. For when you vorlauf/recirculate to clear the wort, just find a plate or other item that will stay near the surface that you can just pour the wort onto in the mash tun. It can be a pie plate or anything. I used to use a tupperware lid because it floated. No reason you should need gloves for the operation, and no reason to have to hold it above the grain and liquid. Many times I just poured it back directly with no deflector and it never mattered.

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Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2012, 01:49:56 PM »
Many times I just poured it back directly with no deflector and it never mattered.

That's the way I've always done it.
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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012, 02:40:56 PM »
First I'll say I've nothing against batch sparging.

I built a manifold from copper pipe (it was cheap back in the day) with slits I made with a hacksaw.  It rests on the top of the cooler and drips across the surface of the water.  I control the flow with a tubing clamp on the hose from the HLT.

another way to cut the slits is to use a pipe cutter and just go over about a third of the tubing back and forth.  less chance of nicking the knuckles.

that said, i just dump in with a pitcher
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Re: Sparge for Picnic Cooler Tun
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2012, 08:26:12 AM »
I've been very happy with the Blichmann auto sparge.  I gravity feed my sparge water and pump from mash tun to kettle.
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