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Old 02-02-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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Thank you in advance for any advice. I just did my 1st all grain brew and have some questions on how to improve my basic set up.

Here is my extract set up:
Burner: Advantco 3500 Induction (I brew in my basement)
Brew Kettle: Bayou Classic 1140 Stainless 10-Gallon with Thermometer and full Reflectix rap
Wort Chiller: 10’ of ½” copper on a 11 gpm submersible pump with a cooler and 15lbs of ice and water.

Here is what I have added for my gravity all-grain setup:
HLT: 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler with ball valve
MT: 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler with ball valve, 12” false bottom and Blichmann Auto Sparge

I have quick disconnects on everything. I am pondering getting a Chugger Pump and a whirlpool arm for chilling my wort and filling my HLT. Could/should I hook the chugger pump up to the MT / Auto Sparge? I would need to add a ball valve to the auto sparge inlet. Would I also need to add a temp control and in-line heater?



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Old 02-03-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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I have quick disconnects on everything. I am pondering getting a Chugger Pump and a whirlpool arm for chilling my wort and filling my HLT. Could/should I hook the chugger pump up to the MT / Auto Sparge? I would need to add a ball valve to the auto sparge inlet. Would I also need to add a temp control and in-line heater?
Sounds like you are very familiar with the setup process of all grain fly sparging and pump usage - more so that I, I think. Anyway, since you haven't received a reply yet, here goes....

You could hook your pump to your autosparge and do away with the need to elevate your HLT if you want. If you have a pump, and it's not being used during that part of the brew process, and you find a benefit to having the HLT at a lower elevation then I say - Why not? It makes sense to me.

I do not believe you need to add a ball valve to the autosparge inlet. You should (at the very least) have a ball valve on the outlet of your pump manifold in order to throttle the pumping speed of the liquid. This same valve should be all you need to throttle the sparge water throughput.

Hopefully if I'm dead wrong then someone will chime in


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Old 02-03-2014, 07:10 PM   #3
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Before you invest in extra pumps etc, I'd suggest you try batch sparging at least once. Also, knock out a few more batches on your current setup so you can figure out what things would make your brew day easier/faster/more enjoyable. None of the bells and whistles actually help you make better beer, so I'd only spend money on things that make the hobby more fun for you.

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I totally agree with bill. I have a 2 pump herms setup that I can use at anytime but I reduced it down to a 1 pump no herms ( I just dough in stir and wait now) and I only use the pump to transfer from HLT TO MT. And I batch sparge now. I have so much less stress and more drinking . Once you get your system down and it works save the money for ingredients.

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