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Old 03-28-2006, 08:32 PM   #21
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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?
I would be afraid of clogging the whirly-gig sparger. There are a lot of particles in the first runnings and I know my Phil Sparger has some pretty small holes in it.

I use an 8 cup Pyrex measuring cup. I make sure there is enough liquid in the mash that I can lower it into the wort then gently tip until the liquid equalizes. There's a little bit of disturbance but it is minimal.
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:10 PM   #22
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What is the reason for recirculating cloudy 1st runnings? What problems can occur if cloudy runnings are not recirculated? Non of the brewing books I have mention why. Thanks

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the first runnings can include a fair amount of grain and husk materials you don't necisarily want to boil cause you can extract tannins...
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:04 PM   #23
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I just collect a couple quarts in a measuring cup and gently pour it in the top of the cooler. My grain bed is usually around 8 inches deep and I have never had a problem with a stuck sparge. Ask me again when I decide to do an all grain hefeweizen and use 5 lbs of wheat malt.

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Old 03-28-2006, 11:38 PM   #24
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I use a sparge arm to sparge. My wife likes the whirlygig. The dogs like it too.
Yea, my friends like the sparge arm as well. In fact, their favorite word in the brewing process is "sparge". Its become a drinking term to them. "Hey, DesertBrew said sparge again, Drink!"
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Heh Brewsmith , don't worry about the wheat . I have used up to 5.5 lbs but I also used 1lbs of rice hulls ( when I buy the wheat malt at the local HBS they give me 1 lbs of rice hulls ) they are cheap anyway even if you have to buy them .
Just mix them well through out the grain bed and mash as usual. no problemo.
I guess I'll eventually find a way to have a stuck sparge but so far I don't know how to do it. Perhaps I have just been lucky.
Next time I try a wheat I'll go for 6o%. Love that wheat.

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Yeah, I dig the hefeweizen too. My last hefe was a partial mash, and was before I built my cooler. I'm going to do one soon and will be shooting for the 60% wheat content. And thanks for reminding me about the rice hulls.

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Yea, my friends like the sparge arm as well. In fact, their favorite word in the brewing process is "sparge". Its become a drinking term to them. "Hey, DesertBrew said sparge again, Drink!"
your friends call you DesertBrew?
Edit: my friends call me Lou, so i guess it's not that weird
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your friends call you DesertBrew?
Edit: my friends call me Lou, so i guess it's not that weird
Yea, I know your not supposed to use your real name on the internet because of psycho stalkers but what the heck, I got big dogs & guns .
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What about running the first runnings into a flower watering pot, one with the holes in it that when you pour it sprinkles out.....I have thought about getting one of these for the runnings......

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What about running the first runnings into a flower watering pot, one with the holes in it that when you pour it sprinkles out.....I have thought about getting one of these for the runnings......
Brilliant!

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