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SankePankey 09-10-2010 11:51 PM

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I have a cleanup routine down and never even remove either of the vessels.

Here are a few pictures.
Those are some hot pics halucin8. I'm gonna have to keep up with the Jones's and post some soon. I like your chiller placement. You gravity feed that thing?

I'd love to know what your cleanup routine is. I haven't gotten it all down yet.

I am thinking about replacing the mash sump pump with a 12v March 809 so I can start the whirlpool right at 212*. It's another $200+ though. I could have bought a Corola at this point-sheesh!.

EDIT: OK. I'll bite: Here are a couple of my mods---
1- 'the assembly'- The hose goes to my whirlpool pump (which is also the mash pump) and the instrument tee before is both a hop-back and an in-line oxygenator (depending on whether I have a cap or my cap/diffusion stone weld on the underneath clamp... still a work in progress)
2- The bazooka screen is to give extra height so I don't get any reduced flow for a whirlpool. Without a whirlpool, the stock config is fine, but with a whirlpool, I got a significant reduced flow with pellet hops.
FYI- Kevin helped me install both of these. Thanks Kevin!

SankePankey 09-10-2010 11:51 PM

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Quote:
Originally Posted by halucin8 View Post

I have a cleanup routine down and never even remove either of the vessels.

Here are a few pictures.
Those are some hot pics halucin8. I'm gonna have to keep up with the Jones's and post some soon. I like your chiller placement. You gravity feed that thing?

I'd love to know what your cleanup routine is. I haven't gotten it all down yet.

I am thinking about replacing the mash sump pump with a 12v March 809 so I can start the whirlpool right at 212*. It's another $200+ though. I could have bought a Corola at this point-sheesh!.

EDIT: OK. I'll bite: Here are a couple of my mods---
1- 'the assembly'- The hose goes to my whirlpool pump (which is also the mash pump) and the instrument tee before is both a hop-back and an in-line oxygenator (depending on whether I have a cap or my cap/diffusion stone weld on the underneath clamp... still a work in progress)
2- The bazooka screen is to give extra height so I don't get any reduced flow for a whirlpool. Without a whirlpool, the stock config is fine, but with a whirlpool, I got a significant reduced flow with pellet hops.
FYI- Kevin helped me install both of these. Thanks Kevin!

SankePankey 09-24-2010 02:30 AM

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Cool.

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Originally Posted by halucin8 View Post
I was looking at designing some sort of "hopstopper" using a 9" false bottom in the kettle with some stainless mesh wrapped around it.
Here is the material I bought - and a pic of one:

B001CTV5DE 1 Stainless Steel Type 304 Mesh #14 X 14 .025" Wire Diameter 12" x 12"
$10.41

B00137UI9C 1 Stainless Steel 316L Perforated Sheet, ASTM-A-176-99, Staggered 1/2" Round Perfs, 11/16" Center Spacing, 0.0595" Thick, 12" Width, 12" Length
$13.02

The 1/2" hole material is the chiller table and the mesh is what I'm trying to make into a hop stopper. It's a wee bit more hefty/rigid than the bazooka screen material but fairly similar.

Smallparts.com (owned by Amazon). Nice source for small quantities of things (besides McMaster ...... who just rocks my world!). The pic is of the chiller setup which I'm still not getting the times I want out of. But the "Chiller Table" is awesome and that piece of metal is HD enough to hold a 2 Gallon starter in a pot with the chiller.

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Originally Posted by halucin8 View Post
The last time I brewed, I used my immersion chiller with ice water in the HLT as the system was designed. It worked pretty well, so I will try this method a few more times and see what happens. If unsuccessful with the immersion, I will probably switch to a Chilzilla chiller which has a much larger size flow diameter and would be less susceptible to hop debris or design the above mentioned hopstopper.
My chiller is a Stainless 50' coil of 3/8". It works fine in the beginning, but getting it down from 140 degrees is painful. I've tried using the ice method, but I guess I didn't have enough. Had six 1 quart blocks and they all melted before I was down to pitching temp. And, I sent the first runnings of hot water down the drain, and recirced after about 170 degree wort temp. Maybe that's not the best method, but I'd stirred enough.

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Originally Posted by halucin8 View Post
As far as having hot water in the HLT to clean with, just heat it up.
That takes time.... Still workin on that 4.5 hr brew day like I mentioned in the first place. I have about 8 hours to shave off of my original time estimate.


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