from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To spray or sprinkle.
  • transitive v. To introduce air or gas into (a liquid).
  • n. A sprinkle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sprinkle or spray
  • v. To introduce bubbles into a liquid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To sprinkle; to moisten by sprinkling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sprinkle; scatter.
  • To throw water upon in a shower of small drops. See sparger.
  • n. In brewing, the spray of heated water which is thrown upon malt in the preparation of ‘wort.’

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. agitate by introducing air or compressed gas
  • v. scatter with liquid; wet lightly
  • n. the act of sprinkling or splashing water


Obsolete French espargier, from Old French, from Latin spargere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Although "sparge" has been a synonym for "sprinkle" since the late 16th century, you're now most likely to come across this word in one of two contexts.

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  • In order to capture some of that residual sugar, the grains are rinsed with warm water around 170 degrees or so and that water drains out and is added to the wort as well. side note: if this is a continuous process, we add as much water as we take wort as we're taking it, it's called "continuous sparge" – this was invented by Germans

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  • The typical homebrew practice maximizes sparge water by figuring out how much water is going to evaporate during the boil and how much water will be absorbed by the grain during the mash.

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  • A possible answer to the "why doesn't everyone do it" question: sparge efficiency.

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  • Basically, you calculate that X amount of water will boil off, Y amount will be absorbed, add that to your batch size, subtract the amount you need for the mash, and that's your sparge water.

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  • As i'm sure you know, the sparge is rinsing off the grain to get the maximum amount of fermentable sugars out, and the more water you run though the grain (ie the longer the sparge) the better chance you have of getting a higher efficiency (pulling the most sugar possible out of the grain, thus getting the most bang for your buck grain wise).

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  • It's commonly used to sparge malted barley when brewing all-grain homebrews.

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  • To brew an all-grain version, add 4 ¾ more pounds of pale malt, increase the mash and sparge liquor volumes by 1 gallon each, and boil the wort intensely for 2 hours add 30 minutes to the boil before adding the first hops to evaporate off excess volume.



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