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Old 06-17-2009, 04:08 PM   #21
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What part of Cowtown are you in? I'm up in Frisco and would be interested in 5 gallons of your finest at your next shindig. My main question is what efficiencies you get off the rubbermaid MLT? As far as i'm aware the efficiency is based on the MLT design, correct?

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Old 06-17-2009, 04:35 PM   #22
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What part of Cowtown are you in? I'm up in Frisco and would be interested in 5 gallons of your finest at your next shindig. My main question is what efficiencies you get off the rubbermaid MLT? As far as i'm aware the efficiency is based on the MLT design, correct?

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I think the efficiency on the Sassion was 75-80%. We get a good efficiency due to the continous sparge. (if you come to a brew, talk to Nick and James, they are the experts on this thing)

I am in Benbrook, which is the far south west corner of FW, but the club usually meets in North Richland Hills, I believe the next 2 scheduled runs of the bigbrew is in September and October. I forget what is scheduled for September, but i know October is going to be an Irish Red.

Go to our homebrew club website (In my sig) and sign up. You are probably about 45min from where we meet. We have a guy that comes from Granbury, and I am about a 30min drive myself. We are always looking for new members, meetings are the first Tuesday of the month.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:39 PM   #23
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Comparing size I like the little wort chiller in the 1st two pictures. But it looks like a counter-flow so it should do the trick aye?

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Old 06-17-2009, 04:48 PM   #24
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Comparing size I like the little wort chiller in the 1st two pictures. But it looks like a counter-flow so it should do the trick aye?
it is a counterflow. We use 2 of them. the first one drops it to about 110-120degrees, and the 2nd drops it to about 80, ready to pitch. the first CFC is mounted to the stand, right next to the pump.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:00 PM   #25
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wow, that is very cool.

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Found more pictures of the Big Brew!!! Remember, the 3tier brewstand is only there for the extra HLT

Another angle of the whole thing (I am the nerd in the orange hat) You can see the pump and CFC attached to the brewstand.


And the final angle

Mashing inside the MLT


The drain on the MLT (catching the final runnigns)


What's left after the final sparge. (You can see the rectangular imprint of where teh sparge arm was resting)


Cleaning the MLT (the copper piece you see below the MLT is the sparge arm, it is longer than a carboy is tall..


Getting ready to filter and chill.

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Old 06-17-2009, 05:36 PM   #27
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NRH isn't that bad as long as there's no traffic maybe 45 min door to door. 75-80% sounds good. That sparge arm must've cost a pretty penny using all that copper! Are the 55 g drums SS? Also, do you get a rolling boil w/ the drum being that tall?

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NRH isn't that bad as long as there's no traffic maybe 45 min door to door. 75-80% sounds good. That sparge arm must've cost a pretty penny using all that copper! Are the 55 g drums SS? Also, do you get a rolling boil w/ the drum being that tall?
I think, but am not certan the drums are SS. They do not reach a roaring boil, but there is a little rolling to it. If you are willing to come for the next bigbrew (and see this monster in action), join our forums, come to a meeting, and meet some people first.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:48 PM   #29
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That is damn cool!

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Old 06-18-2009, 12:11 AM   #30
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Thanks so much for that extra info! That is a BRILLIANT rig! I love everything about it!

I would love to play on that thing!!!

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