hist-brewing: period sparging

John Purdy John_Purdy at Jabil.com
Thu Apr 8 11:54:29 PDT 1999

	<<Correct me if I'm wrong here but isn't sparging the step where you
rinse off your malt after mashing? IMHO it's a simple enough step to omit
from books>>

Although brewmasters were very secretive and purposefully omitted steps or
ingredients so as to not have their recipes stolen, I feel this would not be
the case here.  I have read various comments on this list about making two
or three different beers from the same bunch of grains...like re-using a
teabag.  If it was common practice to re-use the grains to make a small
beer, and again a smaller one after that, it is highly arguable that anyone
would want to rinse off the good stuff before doing so much less put it into
practice.  Not to mention that by the time the third was made there wouldn't
really be enough left for sparging to make much difference anyway.  After
all "necessity is the mother of invention" and I don't see the necessity in
this situation.

Just one man's humble opinion,

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