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Old 01-04-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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I'm currently brewing on a 25g rig that belongs to the company I work for. I went from 5g all-grain in a cooler to this system. I'll try to supply a pic later, but here's the basics of my set up:
All kettles are 25g stainless
All kettles are direct fire propane
HLT has a temp-controller, the rest have valves to control burner output
HLT and Boil Kettle have outlets 1/2" from bottom of kettle
Mash Tun has same, but also an inlet near top

There are two temp controllers. One for HLT, the other operates the outlet for the pump.

Up to now, I've been mainly mashing in, monitoring temp, possibly heating mash tun and recirculating wort to add a degree or two. Efficiency has been good, beers have been good.

I just don't think I'm using the system the way it was meant to be used. Should I be circulating during the entire mash? Would I set the pump to come on just below mash temp? If so, am I pumping water from the HLT?

While I know this isn't a RIMS or HERMS set-up, it seems that it has some similarities. I'd appreciate any thoughts.

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Old 01-04-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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Here's the pic of the rig:

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Old 01-04-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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I know the pic isn't the best, but the light in the brewery isn't very good. I guess the real issue is whether I should be circulating my wort with this setup. Does anyone have a similar setup?

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Old 01-04-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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Isn't there anyone there, who has brewed on it before and knows how to use it?

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Old 01-05-2012, 12:41 AM   #5
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This is a MoreBeer setup. They build these about 2 miles from our shop. You should be recirculating during the whole mash.
Here is a link the instruction manual.

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Thank you, OneHoppyGuy! It was a hand-me-down, and doesn't bear any names, so this is a great find.

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This is funny in a sad sort of way. I just went out and dug through a bunch of miscellaneous parts. I found the sparge ring and correctly identified the heat exchanger. I'd thought it was an immersion chiller. I've been having good luck running it the dumb way, so we'll see what happens with the next batch. I'm excited to give it a try the correct way! Thanks again, OneHoppyGuy!

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What kind of company do you work for that has a 25g brew system on hand?

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Old 01-05-2012, 02:58 AM   #9
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What kind of company do you work for that has a 25g brew system on hand?
My thoughts exactly
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Yeah, no kidding...if your company doesn't list that on their careers/recruiting website, they should. That's fantastic.

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