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Randy McCord
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Username: Mccord

Post Number: 339
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know that grain bed depth isn't supposed to matter much for batch sparging, so will a 6 gallon batch work in a 54qt. cooler? I normally brew 10 gallons, but I think I'll start smaller to begin my brewing season. I use two stainless hose braids running the length of the bottom. Whatcha think?
 

Wm John Ivey
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Username: Fat_elvis

Post Number: 252
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Randy, go for the gusto and do ten. If the water is getting to close to the top, just add the rest in a second sparge, stir, set for 10 min, drain and go. I have one 3/4in hose on my bottom no problems
John
 

Bill Moore
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Username: Bill_beerman

Post Number: 223
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 11:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mash tun configuration doesn't really matter when batch sparging.
You will want to make sure that you're insulated well since less mash volume means more air space to lose heat to.
I've done 5 G batches in my 54 qt cooler with no problems.
 

Randy McCord
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Username: Mccord

Post Number: 340
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 02:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah, I figured there would be some heat loss due to air space Bill, but I should be fine.

-John, I brew 11 gal. regularly with fly sparge. I'm almost positive there is not enough room in there for a 2 shot batch sparge. I would definitely need three, and if so, I may as well fly sparge.
 

Steven Edward Haun
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Username: Stevehaun

Post Number: 128
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 09:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Unless you are brewing a really big beer, you should have plenty of room for a "2 shot batch sparge". By that, I am assuming you are referring to draining the mash tun and adding a second volume and draining again.
 

Wm John Ivey
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Username: Fat_elvis

Post Number: 253
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 02:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah Steve, thats how I did it, before getting a larger cooler. Denny's system can be put into any cooler in a matter of seconds, so buying a 70+ cooler at wally world doesn't cramp my wallet.
John
 

Wykowski
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Username: Bigearl

Post Number: 1175
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 02:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

i've done 5 gall batches in my 70qt cooler, I lose a little eff. (I ussually add 1lb extra base malt when doing so)
You remember that foul evening when you heard the banshees howl
There was lousy drunken bastards singing 'Billy is in the bowl'
They took you up to midnight mass and left you in the lurch
So you dropped a button in the plate and spewed up in the church

 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 3693
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 04:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No problem, Randy.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.