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Old 11-24-2009, 03:59 AM   #1
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i am building my rig and most every thing is thought out, yet i have not given much thought to the sparge arm. i am starting to see more adj sparge arms i was planing on an arm with a shower head or sprinkler that swung over the top of the keggel and away to ad grain and clean and such. does the height from the grain bed have any adverse effects. i have never brewed ag so any info would be appreciated.

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Old 11-24-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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How about the newest and strangest? Check out The Pol's design. He uses Loc-Line, a flexible, rigid coolant hose, to set the height. It doesn't sprinkle, but he makes a pretty good case for that not being necessary.

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Old 11-24-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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How about the newest and strangest? Check out The Pol's design. He uses Loc-Line, a flexible, rigid coolant hose, to set the height. It doesn't sprinkle, but he makes a pretty good case for that not being necessary.
Sprinkling is counter productive. Arent you just sprinkling water, on top of water? Arent you then rapidy cooling your sparge water by breaking it up into small droplets and increasing the surface area?

Id use a 1/2" ID line, using LocLine so that it is infinitely adjustable, and be done with it. You will retain A LOT more heat in your sparge water, and thusly in your grain bed.

It isnt too new or strange though, the Sabco BrewMagic uses a simple 1/2" line to sparge too, though not LocLine.

Here is it way back when I first built it...
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I second Pol's loc-line design. That's what I am going to be using on my single tier system. I chose this design because I will be making 5 and 10 gallon batches on the same system.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/retu...ptions-142136/

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Pol... Quick question. Are there any ill effects from the cover material on the locline?
I'm sure you checked it out, so I'm just askin before someone else does

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When I went to a closed wort cooling system with kettle recirc. I also used it for the kettle return line... then I used it for my keggle pickup tube so that I can pull from the side when I drain the kettle, then reposition it to the center of the kettle for CIP, so that I can pump all the junk from the kettle.

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Pol... Quick question. Are there any ill effects from the cover material on the locline?
I'm sure you checked it out, so I'm just askin before someone else does
I havent noticed any. I have been using it for quite some time as well. When I have boiled it to soften it (really doesnt soften much, but just enough) so that I can snap the sections together, it does not throw off the vapors that the reinforced vinyl tubing does that so many people find acceptable.
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sweet thats way less work than what i had in mind. i have a tendancy to over engeneer that seems like it will work great. can any body come up with any cons to nixing the sprinkler.

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would the flexy bendy stuff support a small shower head ??

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would the flexy bendy stuff support a small shower head ??
Why would you do that
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