Is Sparging necessary?

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  1. RAtkison

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    I fly sparge very slowly, this last 11 gallon batch (14 gallons of wort) took about 2.5 hours of sparge time and I exceeded my preboil numbers. It also gives me time to clean and sanitize all my equipment without being rushed.
     
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    I hope you're not putting me in the experienced brewer category. ;) But yeah that's what I do with a lot of my beers and they come out fine.
     
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    What method would you use for a small 2 gallon batch? That's the size I normally brew.
     
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    Personally? I'd absolutely no sparge, just keep track and note what efficiency hit you take and compensate for it. I no sparge my 5 gallon batches and batch sparge my 10 gallon batches due to volume limitations in my mash tun.

    You could run a test with both methods and see what the difference is, decide if the extra work of heating a second batch of water, etc.. is worth it to you. I just prefer to save myself the half hour.

    It's a time vs efficiency thing really, my time to me is worth more than a 2% efficiency difference.
     
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    Well, lucky for me, I've got time on my hands since summer break is coming up for me.
     
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    Sparging takes no extra time for me really i start heating my sparge volume when im on my last mash rest then whilst the wort is heating to boil i sparge. The boil never beats me.
     
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    Two gallons? Not worth it. Use the extra grain and no-sparge.
     
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