Word of the DayWednesday, June 04, 2014
\spahrj\ , verb;
to scatter or sprinkle.
Technically, to sparge is to spray or sprinkle hot water over the grain bed. The terms “lauter” and “sparge” are often used interchangeably by homebrewers.
-- Amelia Slayton Loftus, Sustainable Homebrewing, 2014
It is preferable to start sparging when the first ten barrels of wort are in copper, at the rate of one-half to three-quarters of a barrel per quarter of malt...
-- Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe, A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry, 1890
Sparge comes from the Latin spargere meaning "to sprinkle, scatter." It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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