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Old 10-28-2011, 08:20 PM   #11
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However, I am going to make a barley wine maybe next week. I will have to at least batch sparge that if not fly sparge.
little OT but il mention it anyway- when i do barleywines or any high-gravity brews, i dont sparge at all. for a 5.5gal batch, i use enough water to be able to pull 6.5-7gal of first runnings. you can then make something lighter out of the leftover sugars if you want. normally i do a barleywine and then an ale of some kind from the leftovers.

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Also, I have my valves fully open. I think slowing down the flow may increase the heating (with wort, you'd have to be careful and not scorch).
a lower flowrate will increase the difference between input and output temperatures (so it will heat the water more in a single pass, as the water will be spending more time in the tube being heated), but its still a 1500watt element and will heat the total volume of water at the same speed regardless of the flowrate.

if you are heating wort, you do want to run at the fastest possible flow rate (while still slow enough to prevent grain bed compaction) for two reasons: faster flow rate will prevent scorching, and a faster flow rate will minimize temperature variations in the mash tun.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:58 AM   #12
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LOL - thanks for the experiment! Cheers!

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Old 10-29-2011, 04:39 PM   #13
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Nice experiment - and Thank you!!!!!

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:45 AM   #14
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Hey - thanks for the experiment!!!!!
BTW - where did you get the cam-locks/vinyl tubing?? is that 1/2 inch tubing?

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Old 11-04-2011, 04:17 AM   #15
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Camlocks came from Bargain Fittings. Yep, the tubing is 1/2" silicone which I also bought from bargainfittings.com

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