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Old 05-13-2012, 02:16 PM   #691
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Good idea. I will do that next time. Lesson learned.

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:55 AM   #692
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The real solution is to dump smaller amounts of trub earlier and more often to prevent the yeast cake from compacting so thoroughly. After two weeks it should be a pretty tight cake, and it's not going to move easily.

I've been taking my first dump after I see fermentation pass its peak, maybe 3-4 days in.

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Joe--Are you dumping your first dump and washing the second dump? Or do you wash the first dump and dump the second dump.

I love the number of dumps I can get in in a single reply to this thread...
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:15 PM   #693
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I believe you get rid of the first dump since it is primarily trub and dead yeast, then keep and wash the second and third dumps.

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:12 AM   #694
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My friend and I just brewed up a fourth 15gal batch for the Brewhemoth, this time an American wheat. Both wives like this style. Previously we each brewed with our systems to come up with 15gal. As of this week I got my equipment in order to brew 15gal myself, including a 72qt cooler MLT, a 20gal kettle, a 50' IC and whirlpool attachment, a March pump, even a homemade mash paddle. The only thing I haven't made is a stand, I'm thinking about the design now that I've made a couple batches with my equipment.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:34 AM   #695
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I believe you get rid of the first dump since it is primarily trub and dead yeast, then keep and wash the second and third dumps.
Cool--that's what I figured.

On another note...Has anyone seen the new spunding valve Brewhemoth is offering?

So, correct me if I'm wrong, but this takes the place of the Pressurizer, right? I could do pressurized transfers to a corny AND I could pressurize during fermentation by "dialing in" what I need?
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:40 AM   #696
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Yes you are correct.

I have the same adjustable valve on one of my spunding valves, it seems more robust than the plastic one on my other unit. It goes to 100psi so you are mostly working on the low end, and as you can see it has markings to estimate the pressure you want to set which is nice.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:51 AM   #697
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Great. Seems like a pretty good deal for everything all together. Thanks.

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #698
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Yes it does look handy. My spunding valve is built on some heavy tubing and it attaches to the keg QD on the pressurizer. Every once in awhile I have an issue with the spunding valve leaking around one of the connections at the tubing. You shouldn't have that problem with this unit.

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Old 05-16-2012, 08:21 PM   #699
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I wonder what the poppet valve is pushing against to keep it closed? It looks like it is just welded to the tee. I thought about adding a gas fitting to my spunding, but the poppet just pushes through when pressed in. On a corny keg, the poppet pushes against the dip tube.

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:51 PM   #700
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The piece they weld to is solid and they cut a small hole in it that is smaller in diameter than the poppet. I believe this means you can't easily replace the poppet. You could drill out the hole to make it big enough for the poppet to pass through. Then you'd have to solder something back over part of the hole to hold the new poppet.

But a poppet lasts for years so I suppose its something of a moot issue.

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