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Old 02-25-2013, 05:36 PM   #831
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I ordered mine last Monday and am piecing together all my accessories from brewershardware.com right now before it ships.

Couple questions:
  • I got an extra tri clover fitting right above the racking fitting, above the bottom cone. I was hoping to put a thermoeter on that fitting. Does anyone have any suggestions of which thermometer to use for this? I didn't want to run a super long thermowell from the top down, and was also hoping to use an analog thermometer, not digital. What's my best option?
  • Is a sight glass worth it as a yeast collector?

I also had them add an additional 1" port on mine for a thermowell.
If you're dead set on using a analog thermometer, you could always buy one of their 1" TC fittings with a 1/4" female NPT thread. with that you could screw in a petes plug, which is used in geo thermal systems as a pressure\temperature port. Just jam the end of your thermometer through it for a reading. http://greenwayenv.com/geothermal/geothermal-products/
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:10 PM   #832
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I also had them add an additional 1" port on mine for a thermowell.
If you're dead set on using a analog thermometer, you could always buy one of their 1" TC fittings with a 1/4" female NPT thread. with that you could screw in a petes plug, which is used in geo thermal systems as a pressure\temperature port. Just jam the end of your thermometer through it for a reading. http://greenwayenv.com/geothermal/geothermal-products/
That's a neat product, though sanitation of it concerns me as it's essentially a plug.

Probably best case scenario would be to buck up, get a thermowell and attach a probe and digital thermometer to it?
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:31 PM   #833
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yeah, I'd be concerned with sanitation as well, though the same type idea works well with mash tuns.

Personally, if I was you, I would buy either

1. A TC thermowell (http://www.brewershardware.com/Tri-Clover-Thermowells/) and add temp sensor later or
2. a 1" TC with 1/2" FPT thread (http://www.brewershardware.com/1.5-T...e-NPT.html)and a standard 1/2" MPT threaded brewmometer (http://morebeer.com/products/blichma...-12in-npt.html), which would be analog like you want it, but negates the whole purpose of TC fittings as there are exposed threads, or
3. a 1" TC flange mount temp sensor which uses a 10kohm thermister (http://www.brewershardware.com/BCS-T...ature-Sensors/). it comes pre wired for hookup to a temp controller. The temp controller will tell you the liquid temp inside the fermenter whether it's powering anything or not, but that's digital, not analog like you're looking for.

Hope that helps.

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #834
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yeah, I'd be concerned with sanitation as well, though the same type idea works well with mash tuns.

Personally, if I was you, I would buy either

1. A TC thermowell (http://www.brewershardware.com/Tri-Clover-Thermowells/) and add temp sensor later or
2. a 1" TC with 1/2" FPT thread (http://www.brewershardware.com/1.5-T...e-NPT.html)and a standard 1/2" MPT threaded brewmometer (http://morebeer.com/products/blichma...-12in-npt.html), which would be analog like you want it, but negates the whole purpose of TC fittings as there are exposed threads, or
3. a 1" TC flange mount temp sensor which uses a 10kohm thermister (http://www.brewershardware.com/BCS-T...ature-Sensors/). it comes pre wired for hookup to a temp controller. The temp controller will tell you the liquid temp inside the fermenter whether it's powering anything or not, but that's digital, not analog like you're looking for.

Hope that helps.
This helps A LOT. Option #1 seems like the best bet for me honestly for right now, and then upgrading to #3 once I have the $$$/time to automate my brewing process more. The only real issue I had with digital was the price.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:10 AM   #835
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Does anyone know how to clean the spunding valve? Mine seems a bit clogged. I just shot an email off the the Brewhemoth folks, but I'm wondering if someone on one of these 77 pages has done it before...

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Old 03-12-2013, 09:52 PM   #836
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The only suggestion I have for you is to mix up some rinseless sanitizer, like starsan, in the brewhemoth with the spunding valve attached to the dump or racking port. Turn the pressure knob to 0psi, and pressurize the fermenter. It will blow starsan through the spunding valve and clean it up. Not ideal, but it works.

Personally, with previous spunding experience in kegs, I built my own spunding valve with an inline pressure regulator, and attach it to a "blow off" keg. So the blowoff hose on the brewhemoth attaches to a corney keg, and then attach the spunding valve to the other port on the keg. You have to remove the long liquid dip tube and and replace it with a short gas dip tube. All the krausen falls into the bottom of the keg and not through the spunding valve.

This is the only way I've been able to keep spunding valves nice and clean.

Hope that helps.

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Old 03-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #837
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Here's a pic of what I'm talking about..it doesn't show the port on the top of the brewhemoth but you get the point.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:59 PM   #838
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Inline regulators, like in the pic, typically bleed off excess pressure from kegs when you adjust the pressure down...and that's exactly what a spunding valve does.

The bonus about using a quality inline regulator is it's precision. Very accurate. I used to use a twist out spunding valve like the style brewhemoth sells, but once they get clogged up with crap (if you don't use a blow off keg) they build up pressure above what you want, and then blow off pressure lower than you want...just not accurate...constant tweaking.

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Old 03-13-2013, 04:39 PM   #839
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Anyone not using a pump to transfer cooled wort into the conical? Not sure how I'm going to lift 10-15 gallons by myself.

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My boiler's up on a platform so I can gravity drain into the fermenter. I then roll it on a dolly into the ferm chamber.

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