Originally Posted by t1master
what is your set up like?
I just have a 2 cooler (5 gallon) set up. The MLT has a stainless braded hose instead of the manifiold. The HLT is the same set up, just without the hose. I'm using brass valves. I soaked them in the H202/vinegar solution beforehand to get the surface layer of lead off.
I use the Listermann sparge "whirlygig", it rocks. I only have a 5 gallon brewpot so I'm doing 2.5 gallon batches for experimentation purposes and mainly until I get a keg to make a brewpot.
I'm doing batch #2 right now. Same recipe, just another shot. Wow....this one is going SO much better. I nailed my efficiency (I think) and its just going all-together smoother. I'm going to pitch right onto the yeast slurry from the first batch. I racked that over to a corny keg earlier. I don't have much hope for that one. Target SG was lower than I wanted and it didn't have a vigorous fermentation. Hopefully this second batch will take off!