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Old 12-02-2012, 05:25 PM   #161
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Here is how I sparge. I use a separate kettle with a veggie steamer basket in it. Thank's SWMBO
Did you notice any difference in efficiency with this? Did you have to boil longer, or did you just use a thicker mash to compensate?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:14 PM   #162
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Starting up the boil. Getting a nice hotbreak. I use the stove to bring it up to boil temp faster. Seems to help yield a better hotbreak as well. This is my first time with the new hop filter. Brewing a Citra/Nelson Sauvin IPA so I'll try and put it through it's paces.
Looks fantastic and how about an A+ on the photography!
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:53 PM   #163
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Finally ordered the last stuff I need from Bargain Fittings and McMaster. Pretty excited! Wort chiller included, looking at over $900... Ouch.

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Did you notice any difference in efficiency with this? Did you have to boil longer, or did you just use a thicker mash to compensate?
Sorry to respond so late. It does help with the efficiency a little. My hot water kettle is also just the right size for replacing water lost to grain absorption. So after a quick sparge - it brings my pre-boil volume right where it needs to be if I mash with desired pre-boil volume. I suppose I could just mash a little more water haha - oh well.

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Does anyone doing this do full volume mashes?

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #166
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how many gallons can you guys successfully boil on the single 120v outlet/element setup? does 4 gallons work fine? (to get around a 3 gallon ending point).
i have everything else, just not the electronics.

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 PM   #167
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4 gallons would be fine, i's hard to get much more than 5 gallons up to boil on a single 120 element from everything I've seen on here

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:30 AM   #168
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Complete! Just need a final cleaning, and a few more connectors for my therminator.

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^Niiiiice!

Seeing that Therminator makes me feel better about using my B3 Chillus Convolutus on this system haha.

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:37 AM   #170
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A close up of the box.

Went with 3 prong 20A 125W twist lock plugs for the pump and the element.
Not quite enough room for the male recessed receptacle. Was going to say screw it any way and have a male end going from the wall to a male end on the box, but decided that my make-shift cattle prod wasn't too safe. I just hard wired it into the box.

Was fun! Can't wait to brew on it. Learned about electrical wiring, and didn't fry myself or any components either!

Thanks PJ for creating that diagram!

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