Fly Sparge Editor -- Need more detail

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Fly Sparge Editor -- Need more detail

Post by dnoon » Thu Dec 25, 2008 4:53 pm

I'm getting pretty frustrated at the lack of documentation on each of the panels used in making a schedule. I figured out mash-in, and rest, but now I want to set up a Fly Sparge.

Duration -- do you just figure this out from past brews? I've never brewed an all grain beer before, so I don't know what time to put. It's certainly not 0 mins. It would be for a 5 gallon batch.

Sparge volume -- is this how much water is in your Sparge Lauter Tun? John Palmer's instruction for doing an all-grain brew says gather 3.5 gallons of water. How do I know if this will be enough for my recipe? And where does 60 deg. F come from?

Available -- No idea what this means

Collected -- I fill this in after I'm done brewing?? And what does Lock do?

Can someone please explain this dialog box for me please! Thanks! Merry Christmas!

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Post by Bobby_M » Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:30 am

Watch this video first:

It doesn't get into the fly sparge yet but you need to setup your recipe including the desired final volume. Set your boiloff rate to something like 1.25 gal/hr for starters and then set your boil duration. This will determine how much preboil volume you need to collect. Certainly if you have a small kettle, this preboil volume might be limited to that instead.

When you go to the schedule, add the mash in. Pick a ratio of something like 1.25qt/lb. Add the 60 min sac rest. Add new fly sparge.

If you hit "lock", it's going to force the collection amount to the proboil volume required based on the inputs on the main screen.

"Available" is how much wort is in the mash tun prior to starting the runoff.

Duration is arbitrary as far as the program is concerned. You determine that. I'd suggest at least a 40 minute duration for a 5 gallon batch.

The final temp depends on how hot your sparge water is. However, you might want to insert a "mash out" infusion prior to the sparge and set the temp to 212F with a desired final temp of 168F. It will tell you how much water to infuse (which you'll then stir in really well prior to the sparge).

Are you sure you don't want to batch sparge? THAT I can really help you with.

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