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November 16, 2009
A little something occurred to us the other day while brewing our first Smoke Ale: we should be heating our wort at the exact same time as we sparge! It makes a ton of sense and cuts down on the time it takes to heat up that large amount of wort.
Of course, this is how a lot of the expensive brewing systems are already set up. Not sure why we hadn't thought of this before, but it was relatively easy. The only obstacle there was that the tubing coming out of the the mash tun ball valve was too long and we had to make sure there wasn't too much of it touching the heating kettle.