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Blichmann AutoSparge Kit

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Finally a sparging system that's a "set-it-and-forget-it design"! This elegantly simple design automatically sets the hot liquor flow rate and liquid level in your mash / lauter tun. As you change the sparge rate into your boil kettle, the AutoSparge™ automatically responds by increasing or decreasing your hot liquor flow to compensate and keeps a constant level in your tun. Awesome for RIMS systems!

Works great with gravity systems OR with pumps! Wort gently rotates on top of grain bed to reduce channeling, oxygen pick-up, and to increase extraction efficiency. WIth a constant hot liquor level over your grain bed, complicated rotating sparge arms are unnecessary complications!

100% stainless steel float ball and rod with valve body. Includes 18" silicone hose and foam hose float. Requires a 13/16 mounting hole. See installation instructions for details.

Fits any pot larger than 12" in diameter including converted kegs. Adaptable to coolers. See product instructions for cooler installation.
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3.6 / 5.0
15 Reviews
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Doesn't always work
This auto sparge has worked pretty well but out of 14 batches with it I had problems with it working and my grain bed drained about a gallon more than it should have before I caught it. Hoping it was just user error but now I just watch it closer.
March 15, 2014
Gravity works
A pump is too strong, just mount the HLT higher up, with a taut hose and the water pressure will be sufficient to drive it. There will be some dripping but it's not a big deal.
March 5, 2014
Good once set up right
Its tempermental and fiddly but seems to be ok now. It leaks / drips to some extent, but still works ok. It's not as bad as some reviewers state._x000D_Id rate it fair, hence the 3 stars.
November 18, 2013
Use Gravity
I had problems getting it to work with a pump. I mounted my HLT higher and am letting gravity do the work. Make sure the tubing is straight and doesn't bend or dip, lowering the water pressure. It works now, with some dripping and leaking.
October 3, 2013
Hard to get it working just right
I was constantly adjusting it. Then I stopped using a pump and it didn't work well. Then I reconfigured my system so the HLT was higher up, giving gravity a chance to build up pressure, and it worked better. I still have to keep an eye on it, and for the price I wanted something I could set and walk away from. I still get some channeling or build up in the middle, and some dripping.
August 19, 2013
plusses and minuses
Most Blichmann products are very good, even if expensive. Other sparge arms work better. Make sure the HLT is extra high so gravity is strong enough to maintain the flow. The valve can also spray a little so it needs to be adjusted, lest you end up with uneven spraying and channeling.
June 23, 2013
Better Options Out There
The idea is neat, but there are some issues with this piece of equipment._x000D_Although the floats are SST, the valve it's self is brass. I would expect better from Blichmann. Also, when in the full on position, the wort does not all route through the float tube...It sprays out the end of the valve and makes a big hot mess._x000D_The design also makes a whilrpool effect in the mashtun, which mounds the grains into the center of the pot. This does not allow for even extraction of the sugars.
Its ok, but not great
Don't use a pump, use gravity , but with enough height to get some pressure. It works fine, but it will leak a little. Overall its ok, but not great.
March 24, 2013
thanks Blichmann
haven't had a chance to auto sparge with it yet but i have installed it in my maple syrup evaporator, id dose a excellent job holding sap levels perfect, a maple syrup float is around $400 so a big thanks to Blichmann for saving me money
March 15, 2013
It works, but will leak a small amount which is normal
I've brewed several batches and it works ok. The AutoSparge threads are 1/2" straight and not normal tapered pipe threads. Use the Blichmann quick connects which have matching threads and you get more turns on the AutoSparge then just a few turns using a tapered fitting. _x000D_
February 18, 2013
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