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Old 02-28-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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I'm new here....so first off Hello
I'm getting ready to dive into all grain brewing by building my own brew tree. I have done a lot of research and got some great ideas. Probably go with a 3 tier system just to reduce the foot print in my garage.
I have one issuue...is it better to keep the whole structure lower by using a pump to pump the wort into my primary or to make it a little taller and go all gravity. I know the pump can also be used for recirc back into the mash tun also, but it still leaves me wondering if it is worth the extra $150 for the pump.
Any other do's and don't will be greatly appreiciated also.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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The pump will help you with the recirc. and in my opinion this will help efficiency and with clarity of your wort. I don't have a pump, but will be adding soon for these reasons. I have a 10 gallon igloo cooler from home depot that I got cheap that works great for mashing. It isn't worth the slight savings to even mess with the 5 gallon models, I feel that with some of the moderate gravity beers I do (up to 1.070), I push the size of the 10 gallon model. Just my 2 cents.

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Thanks for the info, this will help in my decision.

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I think that after all the research that I have done for the last week I have decided to build a HERMS on a table platform and keep the footprint as small as possible.
The main reason is the height at which you have to have the HL tank on a tree, then I started looking at pumps and such and just decided if I'm going to put the investment out I minds well do it right the first time....full throttle!! I will post pics when it is complete.

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I don't have the funds for anything elaborate so I started from the bottom. I took my tallest fermenter and sat it on the floor. I then determined the height of the stand I had to make (2X4's and plywood) to set my SP10 on to get the valve on my kettle at the right height. I then did the same to position my mash tun (10 gallon igloo cooler). Then on to the HLT which is another 10 gallon pot on top of a turkey fryer burner. My next step is to plumb a line through a filter (Maybe R/O) to fill the HLT without lifting jugs of water. Soon there will be no lifting until the fermenter is full.

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