So let me make sure I’m understanding everyone, because I think I’m a little lost
First you vorlauf until (relatively) clear wort comes out.
Then you sparge. If you batch sparge, you first drain out the wort, then add a bunch of sparge water, stir. You’d need to vorlauf again, any time you add more sparge water and stir. If you fly sparge, then you just open the hot liquor tank valve a small amount, and open the lauter tun valve enough to match the rate of hot liquor flow...then you don’t continue to vorlauf, right?
Basically, my only goal is to minimize recirculation if possible. If you are supposed to continue to recirc regardless, then I’ve been doing it wrong this entire time (with still positive results). But if I should be vorlaufing every time, then I would easily go back to batch sparging.