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Old 02-19-2014, 11:39 AM   #41
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I have a 90 elbow and 3" extension I am putting on at an angle to start whirlpooling.
One thing I found is the smaller pumps arent very good for whirlpooling if you use a 90 degree elbow at the end. I tried an open 1/2" elbow with no other restrictions and it dramatically cuts the flow down.
I actually use a clip to attach silicone hose to the inside of my bk now at a 75 degree angle or so to whirlpool and its much more effective.

This is really the only restriction I have found with the smaller pumps. Otherwise they flow great and are more than enough for transfer and mash/sparging.
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:29 AM   #42
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Well i got it rewired. Used crimped spade connectors to clip on the prongs of an adapter and wrapped each terminal in electrical tape. I also cut out a few wires in the shelf (still structurally sound) to mount the control panel. Came out really clean. Everything works great.

Biggest concern will be where to mount the pump and figuring out what to do with all of the fluid that will get trapped in the hoses and chiller.





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Old 02-24-2014, 07:23 PM   #43
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Did another brew yesterday of Yoopers Dogfish 60 clone and everything was going perfectly up until sparge time...

It seems as though my manifold go knocked loose because I was going to do a recirc sparge and a ton of grain came from the outlet and poured in the kettle. About 10 seconds later the pump clogged. Ended up shutting everything off, draining the kettle, filling with 5 gallons of new water, getting up to 170 and pumping it up clean for a batch sparge but I still lost a lot of efficiency. Draining the tun ended up being my autosiphon down into the kettle. 13lbs of 2 row netted me about 1.044 SG so I am going to have a light but very hoppy beer.

I think the problem was the link from the manifold to the valve was the original PVC screw on and connector instead of the CPVC (slightly larger OD) and was just too loose. I now have a ton of stock I need to drink before I brew again but it will give me some time to refine the system and plan better.

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Old 02-28-2014, 06:09 AM   #44
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Haha, You could have sparged again for a small beer or a three gallon batch! I never get poor efficiency, just more beer!

It's looking real good! I know how hard it is to put together a semi mobile brewery that works well. Look like you have a good working system there. now you just need to learn the new system as you work out the kinks. FOR THE SAKE OF CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRESS YOU MUST BREW MORE BEER! (Possibly my favorite excuse to brew)

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Old 02-28-2014, 06:21 AM   #45
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Absolutely, and I might end up going that route I just don't want and ugly outlet on the panel. If I can find one to mount in one of those side holes, that would be perfect.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H3V4NY8/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Looks like it's out of stock right now, and it also took like 2 months to come in from china. But I was in no rush .

I see one problem with that pump, it looks to be only rated for 0 - 60°C (32 - 140°F).
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:05 AM   #46
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Yeah read a few posts earlier. The amazon listing says that but there are many ebay listings of the exact same one that are 0-100C. Just poor details.

As for brewing more, I really can't wait to but I know have like 3 cases plus 3 half full kegs I need to finish off before I have more bottles/Kegs/Reasons to brew another batch. Ill take this time to correct all of the issues in my notes and document out a better brew day process.

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Sorry, I missed the earlier post about the temp. I guess for $18.00 it's worth a try. I'm curious to see how it holds up. By the way, nice setup.

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Yeah. Ill upgrade to a real pump eventually but trying to restrict my brewing spending for now.

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