« on: December 04, 2012, 03:01:28 PM »
Nice looking setup, Dean!
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What size of tubing are you using for recirculating? 3/8" , 1/2" ?
When I was using a cooler for my mashtun, I was using 3/8" tubing... When I switched to using Blichmann's I had to go to 1/2" tubing to get a better flow rate coming out of the kettle, which meant the pump wasn't having problems...
I use 1/2" high-temp silicone for my RIMS.
A pair of Blichmann control modules on a Tower of Power is a couple of Christmases away, it seems. Until then, I think I've got my stuff dialed in fairly well.
Should I have the pump recirculating wort while I am stirring?
Would my best bet on monitoring mash temp be right at the kettle valve? If my thinking it right that should be the hottest area in the mash.
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I use this adjustable return tube from Brew Hardware. Food grade and safe up to 170 F.
Does that thing float on the surface of the mash well?
Wow, that is some serious moisture. I condition the grain with a spray bottle as I am dumping it from scale to bucket. I just spray the grain as it falls in. I always let it sit at least 20 minutes before milling after all that spraying as well. It does make my grain bed seem "fluffier".
We live and learn right? At the very least it is a wild photo. How much grain were you milling there?
dcbc - just a heads up, I didn't do the wiring - the control panels can be purchased assembled. I did alter the kettles and build the brewstand, etc. however.
edit - forgot the Blichmann ToP is for propane IIRC. Nonetheless you can make a simple control panel for $5-600 easily.
This is my first brew. In the Yeast book, the authors describe ....