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Old 09-03-2011, 03:22 PM   #901
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I paused my mash and took the top plate and screen off and it was pretty compacted across the top. I broke it up and stirred slightly and thus far I'm geyser free. I realized my grain bill has a 1/4 pound carawheat and that may be what caused my compacting issue. I have rice hulls but didn't think to add them and in hindsight believe that would have prevented it.

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Old 09-04-2011, 01:43 PM   #902
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Evening all! (It's evening here in Australia anyway)

Bought a Braumeister a few weeks back and have brewed twice already with it. Still ironing out details, but learning each time. This thread has been amazing. Thanks to all those who have contributed.

I'm looking to do a Light Ale, looking at around 1.038 OG, provided by around 3.8kg of malt. There is a maximum amount of grain that the malt pipe can hold, is there a minimum? Will my 3.8kg of malt be okay?

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:19 PM   #903
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Welcome Bullsneck!

Which size did you get, 20 or 50?

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:42 PM   #904
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Welcome Bullsneck!

Which size did you get, 20 or 50?
Whoops! I got the 20L.

This system has opened my eyes to step mashing, too. Still learning about them. Interesting.
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:30 PM   #905
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I'm looking to do a Light Ale, looking at around 1.038 OG, provided by around 3.8kg of malt. There is a maximum amount of grain that the malt pipe can hold, is there a minimum? Will my 3.8kg of malt be okay?

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Hi mate, g'day, some of us can do the metric - welcome to the BM party.

My 7th brew with 20 litre was a mild brown ale, I went for 1.035 and got 1.036, I had approx. 3.25kg grain bill (just check my posts from the last week or so). When you're pouring in the malt just make sure it is not lumpy, stirr it well, it will seeml there is awful lot of water and just too little of grain but it will work just fine.

So I reckon 3 kilos or so will be just fine. Below that, who cares...
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:12 PM   #906
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Great! Thanks for the reply. I will post a report on how it goes. Cheers!!

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:55 AM   #907
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Catching up on the thread today - we're closing in on 1,000 posts!

Yes, I'm still using the whirlpool mod - 7 batches with it and no problems so far. While it helps, the whirlpool isn't very strong so the cone isn't as concentrated as it would be using other methods. I've started pointing the output of the elbow towards the kettle valve so that it keeps hops and break material from collecting under the dip tub - seems to be working well.

I took a quick video today to show the boil with the kettle uncovered vs using the copper hood. I used antifoam drops to keep things from erupting out of the hood which is what happened the first/last time I used it. The video can be seen at the link below.

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Wow Chris. That is a huge difference. So if you didn't use the drops, it would foam out the top of the hood?

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Yes, it would foam out of the hood like a bad science experiment. I actually had to add more drops as I went along to keep things in check.

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Old 09-06-2011, 06:32 PM   #910
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Yes, it would foam out of the hood like a bad science experiment. I actually had to add more drops as I went along to keep things in check.

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Chris - Did you try dialing back the temp a degree to see if it dropped intensity slightly? I've used my lid to slightly heighten the boil by covering 1/2 the kettle last time with good result. Was considering the hood but if you can't fine tune it, might not go that route.
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