A few nights back I had a great conversation with Ted to catch up on brewing. Ted was marveling at the massive new mashtun we were using and he had some practical questions about it. The one that stuck out to me was:
“Do you have something against batch sparging?”
While I have saught for the fly sparge that actually works, I have never stopped and asked myself if it’s really worth all the effort. Perhaps I am totally focused on doing it just so I can say that I do it. Maybe it’s the trickling water and the crazy hoisting of scaulding hot water that attracts me to the fly sparge like a moth to a flame, who knows.
All I know that it’s time for me to take a step back and review the benefits and drawbacks of fly versus batch sparging. There is a great artile in BYO about this, but I would like to hear what you have to say, please make a vote on the survay (right side) and leave a comment. I’ll do a follow up to sum up the stances.