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No Sparge Beer

Postby DaytonaHomeBrew » Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:32 pm

I recently read an article on BeerSmith about 'no sparge' brewing. If this is an efficient and effective way of brewing why would one EVER sparge? Does anyone have experience with 'no sparge' brewing. I sure would like to skip this step!

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Re: No Sparge Beer

Postby slothrob » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:43 am

I brew No-Sparge quite often. The main reason someone wouldn't choose to brew No-Sparge is efficiency, but it can produce a very high quality wort. I particularly like it for low gravity and delicate beers, like Mild, Ordinary Bitter, session ales and Lagers.

From my experience on primarily 1.048 beers, you get about 85% of your usual Batch Sparge efficiency when you skip the sparge. For example, I get 87% mash efficiency for a typical Sparged mash and 75% for the same sized No-Sparge. If you usually get 75% efficiency when you sparge, you'll probably get closer to 65% efficiency without a sparge.
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