I’ve been brewing for roughly 10 years now. The instructions I learned from included a mashout, so I’ve always performed one. I know many people believe the benefits of a mashout aren’t worth the trouble, but I’ve never had a good reason to stop…until now. On Saturday, I had planned my first double brew session - 2 batches more or less back to back. In order to save some time, I decided I might as well try cutting out the mashout.
Well, that plan backfired. I ended up with two stuck sparges that wasted a lot more time than if I had just performed mashouts in the first place. I hadn’t experienced a stuck sparge before, and I hope never to do so again. I’m going back to performing a mashout every time.