Step vs Single Infusion in Advanced Brewing Techniques Posted April 14, 2020 26 minutes ago, Big Sarge said: Sorry for the hiatus. I've been busy with doing a whole bunch of nothing this pst weekend and work thereafter. This is pretty much a layout of my thoughts: To hell with step mashing, at least at this point. With an electric system, why not? Given that I'm sticking with propane for the foreseeable future and not trying to chase a steady mash temp in the kettle, maybe I just outfit my cooler with one of the brew bags? I've thought of this previously, but didn't want the added expense right away. It should improve my efficiency to something more consistent. I know BeerSmith does a pretty awesome job calculating water additions to raise step mash temperatures, but I still feel like I'd be chasing them. I like the set it and forget it technique. I'll just figure out the optimum mash temp for the style and rock with that. I still think there's value added to the ratcheting pulley for the cooler brew bag, allowing to drain. In anyone's experience, is it better to go full blown no sparge, or drain, sparge, then raise the bag before draining the remainder? I tried sparging a couple of times but gave it up. I ratchet it up after the mash is done and let it hang for 20 minutes. No squeezing or any of that messy stuff. 20 minutes its down to just a light trickle and by then my kettle level is where BS says it should be for the boil. Can you get a little more wort if you have your gloves on and squeeze. Yes, but it can get sticky and messy and to me I like a clean easy brew day. Disclaimer if I'm running short cause I screwed up somewhere then yeah I'll tackle a little squeezing, but otherwise I don't. That's just me and my preferences. Oh, I do full volume boil in a 10 gal kettle for my max 5-5.5 gal batches. If you're doing a big beer or working with trying to do a 4.5 gal batch in a 5.5 gal kettle and having to go with less water then yeah sparging or topping off would come into play. Shoulda made that clear before I started typing.