I thought I made it clear there, but let me try again. I am talking about spent grains disposal. I will have a screen to separate the solids from the liquid. Only the liquid should go down to the sump pump. I think my yard can take whatever liquid makes its way out there, and the sump pump well won't smell. I am slightly concerned that there might be nasties in the air, because of the sump pump well being right next to the brewing. But it sure makes it easier for clean-up when I can throw liquid down the sump pump. I do plan to cover the sump pump. Does anyone think I should integrate a sump pump vent with the exhaust from the hood? I got a 450 cfm exhaust fan for the hood that I am going to build. Also wooden.
Before anyone asks, I should say that I will finish everything with a nice coat of exterior or marine polyurethane. I have built wooden kayaks as another hobby, so I think I can get a good enough finish on the wood to prevent wood damage. Probably the kayak building is why I am thinking wooded everything. You know what they say about a man with a hammer, sees the world as places to pound.
I was thinking more about the angle of that ramp. If someone could take a pile of spent grains and put on a polyurethane finished piece of plywood and tell me at what angle do the grains start moving, it would probably answer the question. I know I can just try it and adjust it as needed, but if anyone has any insight, it would be helpful.