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Old 12-01-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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I have been brewing for a year and some time, just switched to all grain about 3 months ago (6 or 7 batches).. Currently I'm using 10g Bk, 10g cooler for MT and 8g aluminum pot for HLT.. I have two propane burners, but my setup is lacking.. Im constantly moving things because its all gravity fed.. I want to take the next step in automation.. What should I get?? 5 gallon batches is fine for the time being.. If I get 1 pump can I automate anything? Maybe my fly sparging? I just want to start walking that path and I don't know where to begin.. HELP!!??

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:55 AM   #2
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i think automation of the brewing process is a big step, it is expensive and requires some knowledge of programming. What exactly do you want to improve in your process?, you said you move "things around" but with 3 tier gravity system you dont need to move anything (HLT on top tun in the middle and BK at the bottom)
Anyway pump is always a good addition, easy to control and helps in most of the systems, then you can look in to solenoid valves and control everything from arudino but then i think for automation electric brewery is the way to go.

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I guess when I said automation I meant single teir with a pump .. Can u do single tier with 1 pump?

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I guess when I said automation I meant single teir with a pump .. Can u do single tier with 1 pump?
Yes. You'll have to switch it around a few times though. You'll pump water, and then wort and then water and then wort.
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if you have two burners in gravity system already (im guessing one of the burners is mounted higher than the rest) then you can probably add just one pump and make 2 tier and use one pump in one or two places (ie hlt to mash by gravity->mash to bk by pump->bk fermenter by pump or gravity), several combinations possible depending what is ur system right now

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