Maybe something like the replacement bag on this page would work? http://www.shopwiki.com/STEARNS+Water+Carrier+Replacement+Liner+-+B012+%28B00157OZCQ%29
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I ended up ordering the new perlick s/s jobbies. They should be here any day as I ordered from Kegworks.I have four of these, and they're great. With four faucets, one can go several days between pours, and I haven't had one stick yet. They're easy to clean and maintain, too.
I don't particularly feel that batch sparging in and of itself presents a maltier resultant beer. If it did then every malt centered style would/should be dominated by those who are batch sparging and that does not universally appear to be the case and therefore the statement doesn't seem to be a proven across the board. What a proper batch sparge DOES do is keep one from oversparging.
That's a really good point, Mike.
What style stir bar are you using? The only thing holding me back from building a stir plate was that I'd have to get a big ol' flask, but if there's one that will stay centered on a convex bottom...I have a 2" bar with the ring in the middle. It works fine in a cheapo 1-gallon Carlo Rossi wine jug with a convex bottom. This pic is just a 1.75 L starter, but it works fine all the way up to a full gallon.
I get such good aeration out of my cheap'n'easy Mixstir that I've never considered a more expensive/complicated method.+1 I use my Mix-Stir as I run the wort to the fermenting bucket from the kettle.
+1 Don't be intimidated by decoction. You can make it as difficult or as easy as you choose. I've tried several different schedules - from triple decoction with multiple rests, to a single-infusion mash with just one decoction to get to mash-out temperature. Most recently, I did a Maibock with just the mash-out decoction, but I boiled the decoction for a solid 20 minutes. Of course, I won't know how that one turns out until May...way to go man!
that's something I've never tried. I will one day, I just have to work up the nerve to put a batch at risk!
Dont let that scare you , decoctions are very forgiving
No? Just me?
Allright, I guess that's why I stuck to BrewHaHa.
Nope, not just you. The problem seems to me to be a case of just not getting a siphon from the manifold. The solution seems to be getting the manifold to sit lower in the tun. That could involve a whole new manifold design, but it's doesn't necessarily seem like it has to.