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Old 10-12-2009, 04:02 PM   #21
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Don't need to use the braid, you could add a 90* elbow for a pickup as well. I went with the braid so I don't have to whirlpool before going into the fermenter.

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Old 10-12-2009, 04:27 PM   #22
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Don't need to use the braid, you could add a 90* elbow for a pickup as well. I went with the braid so I don't have to whirlpool before going into the fermenter.
So the braid is used to filter out so hops do not make it in to your fermenter?
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:30 PM   #23
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Kinda surprised the braid works for ya. I built one for my kettle but it clogs up tight with break material in seconds and the flow drops to a trickle. I've been kinda wondering if one of those mash / boil screens would work better.

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Old 10-12-2009, 04:32 PM   #24
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I still use the Lil' Sparky style hop strainer for the hops, the braid is just to keep hot break out of the fermenter.

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Would this setup be able to handle a 10 gallon batch?

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With a 15 or 20 gallon pot, yes. I have a 15 gallon pot but am undecided on converting it over. I may just go ahead and buy the Blichmann 20 instead.

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The really big question... why doesn't EVERYONE do this?

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Dunno. Obsession with efficiency seems silly to me when this setup proves you can sacrifice $1 worth of grain to simplify the process and shorten the brew day by over an hour. I mean, I will still sparge for big beers, but just to get some beer in the fermenter this setup is rockin...

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Why is it necessary to adjust the hop schedule? Do you not boil for a full hour?

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Dunno. Obsession with efficiency seems silly to me when this setup proves you can sacrifice $1 worth of grain to simplify the process and shorten the brew day by over an hour. I mean, I will still sparge for big beers, but just to get some beer in the fermenter this setup is rockin...
Yeah, so what the helles am I doing with this thing, anyway???

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