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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #45 on: March 31, 2011, 08:10:06 AM »
Last Sunday I did my first batch sparge on a pale ale. I started at heating water and crushing grain at 1 o'clock. My wife came out to my mancave at six to see how it was going. The only thing I had left was to pitch the yeast. My extraction was about as good (~75%) as I get fly sparging.

I could really like this!

Only complaint is I got done too early, had to take the wife out to dinner....

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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #46 on: March 31, 2011, 08:17:35 AM »
Last Sunday I did my first batch sparge on a pale ale. I started at heating water and crushing grain at 1 o'clock. My wife came out to my mancave at six to see how it was going. The only thing I had left was to pitch the yeast. My extraction was about as good (~75%) as I get fly sparging.

I could really like this!

Only complaint is I got done too early, had to take the wife out to dinner....

Hey, I enjoy taking my wife out to dinner (but I enjoy cooking for her too).  :) 
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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #47 on: March 31, 2011, 08:23:34 AM »
Only complaint is I got done too early, had to take the wife out to dinner....

Showing her that you can take time to brew AND give her HER time - priceless!
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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #48 on: March 31, 2011, 08:46:44 AM »
Only complaint is I got done too early, had to take the wife out to dinner....

Dude, that's called keeping the gun loaded with beer bullets.  You don't know it's empty until it's too late!
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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #49 on: March 31, 2011, 09:32:31 AM »
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Only complaint is I got done too early, had to take the wife out to dinner....

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Yep, I did get a few points with her...

BTW Monger, your system is similar to the way I built mine. My hot water tank is directly below the mast tun (orange, like yours). I use a 2 quart pitcher to bail my water for mashing and sparging. I didn't have enough head room to be totally gravity.

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« Reply #50 on: March 31, 2011, 09:37:46 AM »
I haven't quite caught on to the posting quotes, bear with me...

Beer gun??? Guess I got room for it in my safe. Like the idea! You can never have too many bullets for shooting or cashing in....

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« Reply #51 on: March 31, 2011, 10:01:28 AM »
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Yep, I did get a few points with her...

BTW Monger, your system is similar to the way I built mine. My hot water tank is directly below the mast tun (orange, like yours). I use a 2 quart pitcher to bail my water for mashing and sparging. I didn't have enough head room to be totally gravity.
Have you thought about investing in a pump? 
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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #52 on: March 31, 2011, 10:59:55 AM »
I do have a pump that I use to move wort from my brew pot through my counter chiller into my conical that sits in a temp controlled freezer. I just starting using it the last two brews. I just haven't put the valve on my water vessel yet. I will also have to make a "dipstick" so I know how much water I'm adding. Guess I didn't want to add too much too fast. I also needed to build my beer inventory. 

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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #53 on: April 04, 2011, 04:32:50 AM »
Large (blue-ish) cooler..... batch sparge. Two short pieces of hose, on from the HLT to the MLT, one from the MLT to the BK. No whirlies, no pumps, no issues. Beer tastes good.
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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #54 on: April 04, 2011, 11:19:47 AM »
Yeah, Denny, I brewed the pale ale and tried the batch sparge.  Wort seems good--got a slightly lower gravity than expected, but this might be something else--I hadn't used the type of malt in a while.  My set up is a little small for it--hard to get the amount of sparge water in all at once, but 
I do think I am sticking with it due to the issues Gordon points out.
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Re: Rate my system!
« Reply #55 on: April 05, 2011, 06:48:28 PM »
Large (blue-ish) cooler..... batch sparge. Two short pieces of hose, on from the HLT to the MLT, one from the MLT to the BK. No whirlies, no pumps, no issues. Beer tastes good.

Large (actually blue!) cooler..... fly sparge.  Two short pieces of hose, one from the HLT to the MLT, one from the MLT to the BK.  No whirlies, no issues.  Beer tastes good.  And it doesn't take any longer than batch sparging.  And once the input/output flow to the MLT is balanced (takes about 30 seconds of messing with two ball valves), I sit and drink a beer until everything has drained.  No reheating sparge water, no stirring, no re-vorlaufing.

Don't worry, I've batch sparged, too.  I prefer fly sparging, but only slightly and probably only because I started out that way.  Do what works best for you, obviously.
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