I have a few questions regarding how to determine the amount of water for mash and sparging. These questions are based on 5 gallon batches. If you need a recipe to reference I can do that.
First) How much water should I use for mashing and how do I determine what temperature to keep it at? Should I use just enough water for it to be absorbed into the grain or should there be an excess amount?
Second) How much should I use for sparging and how do I determine what temperature to use?
Here’s another concern: I use one cooler to do all grain batches then I pour water in to sparge it. The way my cooler is set there is a cooper tubing on the bottom that filters out the grains, I assume this is common. I put my grains in a mash bag so my cooper tubing doesn’t get clogged then I pour in my mash water, seal it, let it sit (at desired temp). Is there anything wrong this this process?
Clearly, I have been having some kinks to work out since switching to all gain, I appreciate any input.