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Old 01-20-2009, 03:30 AM   #1
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Default Cheap assed 3 tier system....

Awhile back I made this out of the lid for my bottling bucket thinking it would make a good difuser for fly sparging, but it turned out to be more of a pain in the ass than it's worth.



Then, today I got to thinking that I could cut it down some, flip it over and use it for a false bottom instead of the wire braid I'm using now... Then I was thinking about what I could use for a HLT and came to realize that I could just use my bottling bucket and a simple system to hook up to one of these cheap ass lawn sprinklers from Lowes.


I figure I could come up with a simple way to suspend the sprinkler upside down over the top of my 5 gallon Rubbermade MLT and gravity feed my sparge water from my bottling bucket. I may even end up getting some kind of gate valve to control the flow out of the HLT, or possibly plug off some of the holes in the sprinkler to match the output from the MLT.

Whaddya think?

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Old 01-20-2009, 10:39 AM   #2
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Seems like a perfectly workable system!

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Old 01-20-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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I've seen other brewers using a lawn sprinkler for sparging.
Go for it.

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Old 01-20-2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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OK you asked...here's what I think:

http://www.azpartsmaster.com/images/catalog/ishop/i18436.jpg

sorry to be blunt, but I would not feel comfortable trying that drilled lid as a false bottom. What do you not like about the wire braid you are currently using that you feel compelled to try a fb?

Is a lawn sprinkler food grade w/ hot sparge water??

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Old 01-20-2009, 08:04 PM   #5
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Nope.. you are certain to fill your brew with lots of carcinogenic plasticy yuminess by putting it through anything that is not food grade. Hell, even food grade plastic will emit dioxins when heated to sparge temperature. All of this means you are taking a wonderful and healthy (in moderation) beverage and turning it into a somewhat toxic beverage that could cause you to develop cancer in any number of ways.

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Old 01-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #6
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Hell, even food grade plastic will emit dioxins when heated to sparge temperature. All of this means you are taking a wonderful and healthy (in moderation) beverage and turning it into a somewhat toxic beverage that could cause you to develop cancer in any number of ways.
Wouldn't that also apply to the coolers that almost everyone uses as a MLT?
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OK you asked...here's what I think:

http://www.azpartsmaster.com/images/catalog/ishop/i18436.jpg

sorry to be blunt, but I would not feel comfortable trying that drilled lid as a false bottom. What do you not like about the wire braid you are currently using that you feel compelled to try a fb?

Is a lawn sprinkler food grade w/ hot sparge water??

Mike
That "Drilled lid" is was made from the food grade lid from my bottling bucket.

Lawn sprinkler "FOOD GRADE"? WHY? The sparge water is only going to be in contact with the sprinkler for a matter of seconds.

You guys are a paranoid lot, aren't you....

The main reason I'm going to make this change in my system is ease of use, and better brewhouse effiency. I went to a clinic on Decoction mashing last Saturday and learned alot to trim down my own system by watching how others brew single infusion.

The single infusion mash guys got like 85% brewhouse efficiencey... 26 Lbs of malt in a 10 gallon batch and both hit 1.070+ PRE boil and 1.082 when the pitched after a 90 minute boil.... Ofcourse the guy that did the decoct was 1.090, or so, but that's a whole different story. I didn't even hang around for his boil, but I understood where he was coming from...

The really cool thing about this clinic is that I get to go back in 5 months and sample the 3 beers that were brewed that day.

Bottom line....

I'm going to make this change...

If I die because I brewed tainted beer... So be it....
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Nope.. you are certain to fill your brew with lots of carcinogenic plasticy yuminess by putting it through anything that is not food grade. Hell, even food grade plastic will emit dioxins when heated to sparge temperature. All of this means you are taking a wonderful and healthy (in moderation) beverage and turning it into a somewhat toxic beverage that could cause you to develop cancer in any number of ways.
Crap better throw my MLT cooler, Ale Pails, and all my hosing away....

Naw, I'll risk the cancer.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:43 AM   #9
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When I was a kid we drank from the garden hose that we passed around from mouth to mouth and never even thought about it.

And I'm still alive today...

Beer has one thing on it's side to protect us from nasties that may make us sick...

Alcohol...


So there....

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i die with jeffro....

if we have to go... meat smoke is carcinogenic, cell phones... now my homemade beer.

At least I will move on gving it all I had had with love!

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