Batch sparging has become a popular technique for all grain home brewers. This week I invite Denny Conn who is an expert in batch sparging to provide his advice on the best way to batch sparge your home brewed beer.
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Topics in This Week’s Episode (36:37)
- This week’s guest is the batch sparging expert and home brewing icon Denny Conn. Denny is an AHA governing committee member and has a web site focused on batch sparging at DennyBrew.com
- Denny talks about how he got into homebrewing and some of his early experiences.
- We talk about how batch sparging is different from traditional fly sparging.
- Denny explains some of the history behind batch sparging.
- We speak about how batch sparging came about and its early formulation in the 1990’s. Denny refers to a paper by Ken Schwartz which you can read here.
- I ask about the advantages and disadvantages of batch sparging.
- We walk through the basic equipment needed and process used for batch sparging.
- Denny talks about formulation of recipes for batch sparging.
- We talk about mash efficiency and why batch sparging is actually fairly efficient, and also a bit about why equal runnings produces the highest efficiency
- Denny talks about brewing big beers using batch sparging
- Denny briefly mentions alternatives for sparging like fly sparging and BIAB.
- He provides some general brewing advice and then talks about his experience at this year’s beer camp
- Finally he mentions the American Homebrewer’s Conference 2012 which is in Seattle this year!
Thanks to Denny Conn for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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