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Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:17:10 AM »
A while back I argued on this board that fly sparging was far superior to batch sparging.  Well, with my new Top Tier, I tried batch sparging.

I was wrong.

Batch sparging works great, it was much easier to hit my OG, and I had plenty of good wort to make a ten gallon batch, really ten gallons.  Plus, I filled three mason jars for starters....

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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 07:19:36 AM »
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2010, 07:22:44 AM »
It's the pragmatic way.  ;D

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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2010, 07:30:56 AM »
As a former long time fly sparger all I can say is that, unless you have a fully automated system you are simply wasting your time by fly sparging.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2010, 07:38:17 AM »
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2010, 07:44:42 AM »
As a former long time fly sparger all I can say is that, unless you have a fully automated system you are simply wasting your time by fly sparging.
Wait a minute,  I HAVE to fly sparge many of my brews,  Try batch sparging with 28-30 pounds of grain in your 10 gallon igloo cooler!!!!



(don't tell anyone, but I batch sparge when I brew my session beers)  ;)
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2010, 07:50:23 AM »
um, fred, they do make bigger coolers  ;)

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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2010, 08:03:53 AM »
um, fred, they do make bigger coolers  ;)
That would only get me pressing the limit again,
let me see, an 80 qt cooler could hold a whole sack of grain, hmmmmmm
hell of a 5 gallon batch
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2010, 08:30:08 AM »
um, fred, they do make bigger coolers  ;)
That would only get me pressing the limit again,
let me see, an 80 qt cooler could hold a whole sack of grain, hmmmmmm
hell of a 5 gallon batch
And THAT would consummate your signature...  ;)
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2010, 08:37:31 AM »
um, fred, they do make bigger coolers  ;)
That would only get me pressing the limit again,
let me see, an 80 qt cooler could hold a whole sack of grain, hmmmmmm
hell of a 5 gallon batch

Dude, get a 152 qt.!  I can fit in 75 lb. of grain at 1.3 qt./lb. and it's only 3/4 full!
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2010, 08:38:43 AM »
A while back I argued on this board that fly sparging was far superior to batch sparging.  Well, with my new Top Tier, I tried batch sparging.

I was wrong.

Batch sparging works great, it was much easier to hit my OG, and I had plenty of good wort to make a ten gallon batch, really ten gallons.  Plus, I filled three mason jars for starters....

(I'll listen better next time, Denny, LOL)

Mic, I'm glad you finally tried it and compared for yourself.  That's the best way for any of us to evaluate new ideas.
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2010, 08:47:22 AM »
A while back I argued on this board that fly sparging was far superior to batch sparging.  Well, with my new Top Tier, I tried batch sparging.

I was wrong.

Batch sparging works great, it was much easier to hit my OG, and I had plenty of good wort to make a ten gallon batch, really ten gallons.  Plus, I filled three mason jars for starters....

(I'll listen better next time, Denny, LOL)

Mic, I'm glad you finally tried it and compared for yourself.  That's the best way for any of us to evaluate new ideas.



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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2010, 08:51:32 AM »
um, fred, they do make bigger coolers  ;)
That would only get me pressing the limit again,
let me see, an 80 qt cooler could hold a whole sack of grain, hmmmmmm
hell of a 5 gallon batch

Dude, get a 152 qt.!  I can fit in 75 lb. of grain at 1.3 qt./lb. and it's only 3/4 full!

hmmm,  ever get 2 sacks of grain in that thing?
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2010, 08:52:55 AM »
Real well.  We have quite a few top level legislators on our side and legislation is being drafted.  We just need top make sure it's includes everything we'd like to see.  There a a couple kinda sticky issues to deal with (homebrew in licensed establishments, for one) but I'm confident that we'll get something though early in the legislative session.
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Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2010, 08:56:17 AM »
hmmm,  ever get 2 sacks of grain in that thing?

Nope, but we haven't tried!  Maybe you could...here's a pic from a typical Old Stoner brew.  10 gal. of 1.100+ OS, plus 12 gal. of a 1.60ish 2nd runnings beer.

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