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Old 11-04-2008, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Pump input for Boil Kettle?

i'm in the process of designing my single-tier setup and i'm looking for ideas for the input into the brew kettle. the best idea i've come up with so far is drilling a whole up top and using some copper tubing to whirlpool toward the bottom (which can be used for the jamil whirlpool chiller setup).

what is everyone else doing?

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Old 11-04-2008, 01:47 AM   #2
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I fill my keggle through the bottom, through the ball valve that I use to drain it. It has the same QD as the rest of the rig.

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Old 11-04-2008, 01:50 AM   #3
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no problems with the pressure on the pump?

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Here's what my return tube looks like. I wouldn't really call the effect a whirlpool. More of a gentle swirl.

FYI - I also fill from the pickup tube, and the pump has no problem.

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why fill from the pickup tube when you've got that fancy input?

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Do you only do 10 gallon batches or doesn't it splash enough to worry about HSA or do you just plain not worry about HSA?

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I run my whirlpool similar to what Sparky has, except I have that setup as my dip tube. When I recirculate, I draw water of the top of the kettle and shoot it through the dip tube. This creates a very good whirlpool for me.

EDIT: The theory behind my design is two fold...
1) I seem to get a better whirlpool by spinning the bottom, perhaps because of fluid momentum or the viscus tenancies of the wort.
2) After I whirlpool, I let the wort sit and settle for 20 minutes to let a trub cone form. Then, when I drain my kettle, my dip tube is already angled against the edge of the kettle away from the hop cone. This way I don't need an external siphon to avoid the trub.

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I run my whirlpool similar to what Sparky has, except I have that setup as my dip tube. When I recirculate, I draw water of the top of the kettle and shoot it through the dip tube. This creates a very good whirlpool for me.

very interesting.
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Mine return is similar to Sparky's. I don't fill through the drain though, as I have a bazooka tube on it.

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why fill from the pickup tube when you've got that fancy input?
Good question. I've got a QD on my pickup, but I use a barbed fitting for my return. I only use the return when I'm pumping through my CFC, and I really need a QD on it for that.
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