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Old 07-18-2012, 06:43 PM   #11
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Yeah I have my HLT up top and just manually raise the temp on the HLT. Then my Mash ton is in the middle. It's worked well so far. I have brewed about 5 batches with no problems. I tried the software when I was doing my initial runs and i found it a little glitchy. But maybe I didn't understand it to well so I just went back to manual.

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Old 07-18-2012, 06:46 PM   #12
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Here are some pics.

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Old 07-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #13
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Yeah, I checked out that video, but it didn't really show how to actually hook it up or it functioning.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:59 PM   #14
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Why would you need the second controller? How hard is it to keep the HLT at 168 - 170?

I've done three batches with the tower of power and I'll post pictures tomorrow to show how I plumbed mine.

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Old 07-21-2012, 04:53 PM   #15
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I got my QD fittings from www.barganfittings.com. Get the stainless steel, not the cheaper plated. System works well with the "T" on the mash tun. The HLT is off during mash allowing wort to recirculate through the AutoSparge valve. When the mash is done I move the handle to the right (see hose without an end) into the brew kettle and open the valve on the HLT. Very little mess, if you remember to use the valves properly.

Still trying to work out the computer interface for step mash.

The tower is usually a foot or more away from the Mash Tun, just to keep heat away from the controller.

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Old 07-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #16
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Thanks for the pics. Two quick questions.

1. When do you start recirc of mash?

2. When sparging, does the wort go through tower valves before entering BK? Or do you drain straight from MT outlet to BK?

Thanks!

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:13 PM   #17
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just an FYI,blichmans prices are going up effective august first.you will save money if you order now.

...mine ships monday

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dermotstratton,

Good questions, the recirculation of the mash takes place for the full mash as the temperature sensor is located in the tower. My last batch was MoreBeer's Consecration Clone and the mash maintained a constant 158 degrees as per the instructions for the beer. On the digital readout of the controller the temperature varied from 145 to 155, but the mash stayed at ~158 +/-1 or 2 degrees

The wort goes through the tower during sparge, with the pump running I could get a low flow through the mash (HLT water was to ~170 degrees) and took about 45 minutes to collect the wort.

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Something I should have said about recirculation - after the strike water reaches temperature, I shut off the tower pump and mashed in the grain. I stir for about 5 minutes and allow to soak, then stir some more before turning on the pump and placing the controller into Auto.

Cleaning is a breeze, can't remember if I said before, just follow the instructions and your system is ready for the next batch.

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gwfrankpsu,

so, do you get water up to temp in MT and then add grain and stir? i'm confused why you would need to shut off the tower pump? do you recirculate water only while trying to achieve necessary strike temp? (i was thinking that you must need to get allow grain bed to settle a bit before starting recirc)

i finished my top tier build this weekend and have the tower of power assembled. all that is left is to put put on solenoid valve and give her a test run next weekend. can't wait!

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