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Old 01-16-2013, 08:44 PM   #41
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I thought about taking it out, dumping the grain and using it for hops but I would need to get it out of the way when it's time for my immersion chiller. It only takes a few minutes to dump the grain and rinse off.
Why? Drop the chiller in at the last 15 minutes for sanitation and chill with the larger basket in situ. I don't see any reason that wouldn't work. The biggest issue there is making sure you get all the grain out of the basket between mash and boil.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:03 PM   #43
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Why? Drop the chiller in at the last 15 minutes for sanitation and chill with the larger basket in situ. I don't see any reason that wouldn't work. The biggest issue there is making sure you get all the grain out of the basket between mash and boil.
Yeah, I suppose it could work. Wonder how whirlpooloing would go with that basket in there?
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Yeah, I suppose it could work. Wonder how whirlpooloing would go with that basket in there?
In this case, who cares about whirlpooling? The point to whirlpooling is to help separate trub from wort. You're doing that mechanically with a screen (your basket). You don't need to whirlpool as you're effectively straining all the wort at once. Just wait till it's cool so cold break has a chance to form and you should be golden.
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In this case, who cares about whirlpooling? The point to whirlpooling is to help separate trub from wort. You're doing that mechanically with a screen (your basket). You don't need to whirlpool as you're effectively straining all the wort at once. Just wait till it's cool so cold break has a chance to form and you should be golden.
Ok, you guys talked me into it, I'll give it a try tomorrow and report back with more pics.

Maybe not! Just tried boiling some water with the basket in there and it was forming a big air bubble underneath and then it would burp with the whole basket rising up and splashing water. Maybe it's got something to do with the induction burner?
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Ok, you guys talked me into it, I'll give it a try tomorrow and report back with more pics.

Maybe not! Just tried boiling some water with the basket in there and it was forming a big air bubble underneath and then it would burp with the whole basket rising up and splashing water. Maybe it's got something to do with the induction burner?
Take a magnet to the basket. Does it stick? If so, it might be an issue with the induction. If not, there's just too much air building up. The mesh might be fine enough where it's not easy for the air to pass through, so it has to pass on the outside. I would think it would be fine if the basket was weighed down or held down, letting the air bubble up on the sides, but it's hard to say.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:24 PM   #47
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Just finished my 2nd attempt, excuse the grammer and lack of detail cuz I've been drinking IPA homebrew all day!

Thanks to my brewing biatch (metalhead) for the help.

With the changes I got a little better efficiency according to Promash, 74% verses 70%. I'm thinking a finer crush would probably give me more but 70% is good enough for me. The grain mill I used is set at .45.

The grill rack is much better, I can push down and squeeze much harder and only lost .25gl from grain absorsion.

My kettle held mash temp of 150-153 for 1 hour no problem with the lid on and no heat so I'm happy with that. I mashed for 1 hour then raised temp up to 170 which took about 15 min then raised the basket to drain.

The basket drained great and I squeezed pretty hard but didn't kill myself trying to get every last drop out.

This whole brew day was very simple and clean up was a breeze with only one vessel. The gain basket is easy to clean, just dump the grains and rinse. There are a few kernnals that don't like to dump out but you can wipe them right out with a paper towel.

Pretty happy with this system, I recommend Chad's great work!

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After I squeezed the grains it was just a normal brew day, boil 60 min, flame out, chill and rack into carboy. Easy peazy!

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I'm a bit confused here. Did you use the big basket for the hops?

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