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Sparge 2.0: The Reckoning

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sparge1.jpgAs long as everyone else is giving excuses for not participating in this month’s Session, I thought we might as well jump on board. To answer the naysayers, we were engaged in purchasing and assembling our brand spankin’ new sparging setup. By “we” I mean Peter. For those readers who don’t know what sparging is and think I just made up a word, sparging is essentially the process of rinsing the grains before boiling ? similar in effect to steeping a teabag.

Our new sparging system incorporates 2 coolers (1 5-gallon for the hot sparge water used for rinsing and 1 10-gallon used for the grains, also called the mash). Hot water flows from the smaller cooler through a tube into a little thingie that rests on the larger yellow cooler. The water utilizes a small elf on a treadmill to spin this thingie (the rinser) around. It looks like a sprinkler. Peter maintains that it works by centripetal force or some such hoonaney. But Peter is also a pathalogical liar.

Unfortunately we did hit a slight snag mid-sparge. We experienced what they call in the business a “stuck sparge.” Nothing major. Don’t panic. We powered through, and our beer will be none the worse for it.

Here’s a pic of the elf on the treadmill. You can’t see him. He’s got his invisibility cloak on.

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