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Dead Space
« on: April 19, 2013, 05:47:19 AM »
How do you measure dead space in the mash tun?  I am using a 10 gallon orange cooler with a 12" false bottom. 

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Re: Dead Space
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 05:52:34 AM »
Add a known amount of water, and measure exactly how much water you are able to drain out of the system. The amount you can't drain is effectively your dead space.  Mine is ~ 1/2 gallon, slightly less. Take that into consideration for your water measurements.
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Re: Dead Space
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 06:22:17 AM »
Add a known amount of water, and measure exactly how much water you are able to drain out of the system. The amount you can't drain is effectively your dead space.  Mine is ~ 1/2 gallon, slightly less. Take that into consideration for your water measurements.

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You can use the same method to determine if  you have dead space in your brew kettle as well!
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Re: Dead Space
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 06:27:58 AM »
Why would you have dead space in the brew kettle?  Wouldn't you just pick up the kettle and pour everything out?  Of course there would be the grub issue.  I will try the recommendation for both my tun and kettle and see what is left.  Thanks guys.

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Re: Dead Space
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013, 06:39:50 AM »
Not everyone picks up the kettle and dumps it out.

I would venture to guess that most people don't actually. I have a spigot on my kettle that drains through a hop stopper screen.
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Re: Dead Space
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 06:41:19 AM »
Why would you have dead space in the brew kettle?  Wouldn't you just pick up the kettle and pour everything out?  Of course there would be the grub issue.  I will try the recommendation for both my tun and kettle and see what is left.  Thanks guys.

If you just dump the contents then, no, there would be no dead space but if you use a kettle with a valve there would be dead space

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Re: Dead Space
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2013, 06:51:17 AM »
Not everyone picks up the kettle and dumps it out.

I would venture to guess that most people don't actually. I have a spigot on my kettle that drains through a hop stopper screen.

I was just looking at a hop stopper screen at http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/hop-stopper.  I have a 10 gal blichmann with a spigot so perhaps I should place an order.  Thanks.

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Re: Dead Space
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2013, 07:14:25 AM »
I measure dead space by pouring water into the otherwise empty tun, allowing it to drain naturally, then pouring the volume that remains into a measuring cup.  Of course, that won't work if you have a fixed or heavy vessel.