I did my first partial mash kit a few weeks ago and I didn't get very good efficiency. My OG was off by a bit and I have a feeling that it was do to a poor sparging method. Basically I was trying to hold 5lbs of soaking grain up with one hand while pooring my sparg water over the top of it with a measuring cup in my other hand. It was pretty difficult to make sure the sparg water was hitting all the grains in this method.
So a couple questions.
1) I've seen post where people steep there mash grains in the sparg water for 10mins and then add this to the wort pot. Is this a good way to go?
2) The best way to get the highest efficiency seems to be slowly trickling the sparg water over the grains (versus dumping a couple cups at a time). I could probably get a large colander to hold the grains above the pot, but what could I use for the slow trickling part? Would a small plant waterer work?