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Old 05-14-2008, 02:27 PM   #21
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Now, if only there were more buying options for wort pumps (besides March) and burners (besides bayou classic).... I bet Blichmann's already working on engineering better versions of those items specifically for the brewer.

I dont have any personal experience with them, but I'm hearing more and more people using the Little Giant pumps. As far as burners, there is quite a variety.

Hurricane, Multi Jet Style, Torch style, Wok burners...

I use the hurricanes. I like them but they are a little more susceptible to wind.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:51 PM   #22
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I dont have any personal experience with them, but I'm hearing more and more people using the Little Giant pumps. As far as burners, there is quite a variety.

Hurricane, Multi Jet Style, Torch style, Wok burners...

I use the hurricanes. I like them but they are a little more susceptible to wind.
I would love to see a hi-temp pump that could generate a REAL whirlpool.
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Old 05-16-2008, 04:38 PM   #23
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Follow up on the Boilermaker Brew Screen.

As korndog stated the clogging of the screen was an issue, I will second that.
I brewed an American Wheat last night with little hops and I had clogging issues. I can't imagine what an IPA would do to this thing.

I will be building a reusable hop bag for tomorrows session.
As of right now, it is my only complaint with the Boilermaker kettles. The false bottom is great, the sites tubes are indispensable, and the brewmometers are a nice affirmation that my probes are accurate and calibrated.

The Brew screen needs some work. It might be fine in a small 5 gallon batch, but its a one size fits all and it isnt sufficient for 10+ gallon batches.

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Old 05-16-2008, 04:48 PM   #24
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The Brew screen needs some work. It might be fine in a small 5 gallon batch, but its a one size fits all and it isnt sufficient for 10+ gallon batches.
So I'm wondering if it's worth the $40 if the darn thing does not work as advertised. That's pretty disappointing.. I was hoping the whirlpool method would work fine with this puppy.
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So I'm wondering if it's worth the $40 if the darn thing does not work as advertised. That's pretty disappointing.. I was hoping the whirlpool method would work fine with this puppy.
Ed, it might. I think some of the problem is that I have been recirculating through my CFC when I chill. So I imagine that constant draw pulls alot into the boil screen.

Im switching to an immersion chiller this weekend, but I was still planning on recirculation with the pump to create a whilrpool. I may have to change that technique and not pump/recirc anything until I perform a manual whirlpool.
Then draw the wort off into the fermentor.
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I'm planning to recirculate with my 50' of 1/2" copper immersion chiller, but I intend to remove before attempting to whirlpool.

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I thought one of the huge benefits was to whirlpool while chilling for greater effect...

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Ed, it might. I think some of the problem is that I have been recirculating through my CFC when I chill. So I imagine that constant draw pulls alot into the boil screen.

Im switching to an immersion chiller this weekend, but I was still planning on recirculation with the pump to create a whilrpool. I may have to change that technique and not pump/recirc anything until I perform a manual whirlpool.
Then draw the wort off into the fermentor.
I brewed a 5 gallon DIPA batch and the screen was so clogged that I actually had a hard time cleaning it. I have not tried gravity draining into a grant. Maybe that would help. For now, I am using hop bags, but am concerned about hop utilization for late additions and whirlpool hops.
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+1 on cleaning that boil kettle screen. I had to use an old toothbrush to get the hops out of the tight folds in the screen mesh. Difficult indeed. And this was NOT a high hop beer.

Larry--
Did you ever send an email off to John Blichmann as mentioned in a different thread? I wonder what his input would be?

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+1 on cleaning that boil kettle screen. I had to use an old toothbrush to get the hops out of the tight folds in the screen mesh. Difficult in deed. And this was NOT a high hop beer.

Larry--
Did you ever send an email off to John Blichmann as mentioned in a different thread? I wonder what his input would be?
Not yet. I'll get on it today.
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