Originally Posted by bhchrist
Looks fantastic. A few questions if you don't mind.
How do you like the sparge arm? It certainly looks sweet (big tubes of stain tend to look that way) but wonder if you have had any clogging issues during recirculation.
What are you thoughts on the sight glasses on the BK and HLT? Glad you have them, wish you saved the money?
After a few brews, anything you wish you had done differently on the Stout Tank configurations? I know you ordered standard, but as someone going over various options, any first-hand experience would be great.
So, the sparge arm works great, but I only use it during sparging. I use a 90 hose barb and tube when recirculating the mash. It's a little tricky changing over, but I havent dropped anything into the mash yet.
I have a love/hate relationship so far with the site glasses. They really help to see progress, and keep track of how much is being used, but taking them apart cleaning them and putting them back together is a bit of a pain. Also, the one in the boil kettle has actually shrunk in diameter and leaks. John at stout is currently getting me a new one. I think it couldn't stand up to a boil for some reason.
I really like the system overall, and still thinking about what I would change if I could. Maybe in a few more brews, I'll have a more definitive answer on that. I know I would order a few more ball valves right from the start.