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Old 03-27-2006, 05:08 PM   #1
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How do you guys add the runnings back to the top of the mash without disturbing the bed?

I've read that some brewers use tin foil, some put holes in the foil, some don't.

I am thinking of a way to do it with a funnel. I use a whirly-gig sparger, and I was thinking of adding a T fitting (instead of the 90° fitting that comes with the sparger) to the hose connection that goes from the HLT to the sparge arm. That way I can hook up another hose, hooked to a funnel, and drain the runnings through the sparge arm. It would have to be running at the same time as the sparge water so the sugars don't clog the sprinkler. The only problem with this idea is once I'm done vorlaufing I need to come up with a way to plug the other side of the T-fitting so just water from the HLT goes to the sprinkler. Not sure Lowes has a cap that would fit over those barbs.

Is this making any sense?

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Old 03-27-2006, 05:13 PM   #2
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The only problem with this idea is once I'm done vorlaufing I need to come up with a way to plug the other side of the T-fitting so just water from the HLT goes to the sprinkler. Not sure Lowes has a cap that would fit over those barbs.
How about good old gravity? If you just clamp the vorlaufing hose to something above the level of the tee connection, gravity will assure that all of the sparge water from the HLT goes into the sparge arm, right?
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:15 PM   #3
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I just floated a plastic lid (~ 8 in. dia) on the top of the water...that's what Palmer suggests.

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Old 03-27-2006, 05:36 PM   #4
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What about a funnel with a length of tubing on the end that was long enough so you could hook the funnel to the side of the container and the tube would loop around and lay on the grainbed? That way you could pour your wort through the funnel and not disturb the grainbed, minimize areation of the wort, get a little whirlpool and do it all fairly cheaply.

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Old 03-27-2006, 05:39 PM   #5
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For a cap all you need to do is double over some hose and stick it on. You could clamp it, duct tape it, whatever.

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Old 03-27-2006, 06:06 PM   #6
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For a cap all you need to do is double over some hose and stick it on. You could clamp it, duct tape it, whatever.
or use a small rubber stopper?

talking out of my butt since I don't exactly know what the equipment looks like here.
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I say keep it as simple as possible. You really don't want a sparging set up, rather you want to sort of just slip the liquid back in as gently as possible. I like to describe it as "slip it out and slip it in." Go with the funnel and tube.

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i use a two quart measuring cup to collect the first runnings, and pour it back in real slowly... usually into a laddle i hold above the mash tun.

been thinking about pouring it directly into the hlt. any problems anyone forsee with this?

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been thinking about pouring it directly into the hlt. any problems anyone forsee with this?
I kind of thought about that, too, when I read Dude's post. I suppose the problem is that you may not use all of the hot liquor so some portion of your recirculated runnings would never make it to the kettle. Perhaps minimal...but I hate to waste beer.
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I just run it into a pitcher and then slowly pour it back in the mashtun, just make sure you don't pour it to fast and it won't disturb the bed deep enough to bother anything.

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