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Old 03-07-2014, 04:45 AM   #21
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Hmmm... A smoker may be in the near future.

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OP nice job with the stand!
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:00 PM   #22
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I've built a system similar to yours, two things I've done to improve issues are

1- I remounted my pumps so the inlet and outlet are horizontal, the flow is Much better

2- I have my burners at 3-4" from the bottom of my kettles, this is very important if you are running low pressure LP.


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Old 03-09-2014, 12:24 AM   #23
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I've built a system similar to yours, two things I've done to improve issues are

1- I remounted my pumps so the inlet and outlet are horizontal, the flow is Much better

2- I have my burners at 3-4" from the bottom of my kettles, this is very important if you are running low pressure LP.


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Thanks for the input. So far, the pumps have offered no problems. Im brewing tomorrow so ill pay attention to the pumps. I am 4 1/2 inches and running HP until I automate the burners. Baby steps, ya know. Cheers!

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Old 03-09-2014, 05:49 PM   #24
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Thanks for the input. So far, the pumps have offered no problems. Im brewing tomorrow so ill pay attention to the pumps. I am 4 1/2 inches and running HP until I automate the burners. Baby steps, ya know. Cheers!

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Yeah baby steps, good plan. I like my automation but....I need to fine tune it. The HLT burner which is automated does not seem to put out the heat that the BK burner does, both are BG14 burners with low pressure orifices running off the same 200k BTU low pressure regulator, only difference is the HLT burner is controlled by a honeywell valve, perhaps the honeywell valve is restricting flow.

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Old 03-09-2014, 06:54 PM   #25
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:54 AM   #26
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Yeah baby steps, good plan. I like my automation but....I need to fine tune it. The HLT burner which is automated does not seem to put out the heat that the BK burner does, both are BG14 burners with low pressure orifices running off the same 200k BTU low pressure regulator, only difference is the HLT burner is controlled by a honeywell valve, perhaps the honeywell valve is restricting flow.

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I think it did (2 brews since my last post). Pumps still worked well but I'll likely change orientation for comparison. I think the value of the RIMS is negated with an igloo mash tun although a hands off vorlauf is nice. I have a long way to go to get repeatable results but I can see this as a solid base.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:24 PM   #27
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I think it did (2 brews since my last post). Pumps still worked well but I'll likely change orientation for comparison. I think the value of the RIMS is negated with an igloo mash tun although a hands off vorlauf is nice. I have a long way to go to get repeatable results but I can see this as a solid base.

Nice, it has taken me a few brews to get the hang of my system, I insulated my MLT so the HERMS coil is not always needed, but like you said hands off Vorlauf is nice, also the constant recirculating of liquid through the Grain Bed is good for efficiency...or at least I think it would be.

I'm very mechanical, so I'm always looking for ways to improve the setup....really think I like the engineering part of brewing more than brewing it self....not sure if this is good or bad. I'm really curious to know if you see any improvement when you rotate the pump heads, I for sure achieved better flow and absolutely NO priming issues, also when I disconnect the outlet hose sticky liquid no longer runs down the the pump head.


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