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View Poll Results: What would your first choice be:
Single Tier, pump. 14 45.16%
2 Tier, Pump HLT to MT, gravity MT to BK 8 25.81%
3 Tier gravity all the way no pump 6 19.35%
Other 3 9.68%
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:16 PM   #11
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yeah, recirc the boiling wort out through the ball valve, the pump, my plate chiller, then back to the kettle. All sanitized, ready to drain after flameout

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I say do a 2-tier system with the HLT high, gravity feeding down, and a pump feed from MLT to BK.

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Old 03-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #13
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Baj, yes my thought was to place a better bottle down, measure the height of my ball valve on the BK about 6 inches higher, then the MT valve 6 inches higher , then the HLT, so I can gravity to primary for sure but keep the stand as short as I can..
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Keep the stand as short as you can. IMO there is no need for 6" additional b/w vessels. HLT to MT can be at the minumum, you never "overfill" the MT do you?? You likely don't fill the BK to the rim? The ball valve only needs to be as high as the foreseen level you intend to fill the next vessel. I see 3 tiers all the time that have an additional 18-20" extra height. One trick is to run the outlet tubing through the keggle handle.

Shorter more "cubic" vessels can reduce the overall height req'd for three tiers.
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Keep the stand as short as you can. IMO there is no need for 6" additional b/w vessels. HLT to MT can be at the minumum, you never "overfill" the MT do you?? You likely don't fill the BK to the rim? The ball valve only needs to be as high as the foreseen level you intend to fill the next vessel. I see 3 tiers all the time that have an additional 18-20" extra height. One trick is to run the outlet tubing through the keggle handle.

Shorter more "cubic" vessels can reduce the overall height req'd for three tiers.
Exactly my thoughts. I see these 7 or 8 foot tall HLT's and I just wonder why.

My goal is to have the whole thing not more than 6 or so inches taller than all my pots stacked on the primary.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:20 PM   #15
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Look at it this way. A $120 pump at minimum would move your entire operation down by at least 20" and you wouldn't have to get on a step stool to stir your mash.

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My whole venture into electric started with my wife insisting that I get a pump because she didn't like me up on a ladder with a pot full of sparge water ready to dump into the MLT.

After I had the pump, and already had a copper coil... my mind started to wander towards HERMS.
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Look at it this way. A $120 pump at minimum would move your entire operation down by at least 20" and you wouldn't have to get on a step stool to stir your mash.
Like Walker, the reason I even started thinking of an electric system at all was because pouring boiling water, lifting heavy MLTs full of grain, etc, was a drag. I needed a pump. They're not a pain at all!

And like Bobby said, if you don't have to be on a step stool to stir your mash, that's a bonus. I'm short, so I still stand on a stool to mash in but then don't have to ever get up on a step again during the brewday. I have one pump, and gravity drain to the BK. With one pump, you can run a HERMS and also pump through a CFC. My system is two tier.

My system is ugly- the stand is just some metal shelving. But it's efficient, no heavy lifting at all, and super easy to clean.

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Ok, Bobby and Yooper in my thread telling me to pump it up!

Going to just do it.. Thanks =)

P.S. Bobby, sight glass and valves are awesome, thanks.

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Ok, Bobby and Yooper in my thread telling me to pump it up!

Going to just do it.. Thanks =)
Oh, sure... it's don't listen to me, but when the young punk and the old woman suggest it, it's go time.

I see how you are.
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Oh, sure... it's don't listen to me, but when the young punk and the old woman suggest it, it's go time.

I see how you are.
Hey! Stop denigrating your elders young man! I'll hit you with my cane.
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Oh, sure... it's don't listen to me, but when the young punk and the old woman suggest it, it's go time.

I see how you are.
lol. Love your posts, but I think I try to get that avatar out of my head right away!

Thanks..
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