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Old 07-28-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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Hey,

Lonnie shows a Fly Sparge arm like this one:

Sparge arm on No.Brewer

He has it mounted in one of the tops of his kettles.

Are these easy to modify?

Looking to ad one to the top of my MT lid.

Other possibilities of course welcome

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Old 07-28-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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I prefer a short length of tubing laid on top of the mash such that it creates a slow whirlpool on top of the grains. Easy, never clogs, easy for circulation.

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Old 07-28-2009, 06:00 PM   #3
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Yes, there is really no need for the sprinkler thing. I use this, just under the surface of the water in the MLT for my HERMS return line and my fly sparge line:

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I have the same arm and I removed the base and machined a stainless mount to bolt onto my MT lid. I can adjust it easily depending on the level of the mash. Never use this for HERMS or it will clog immediately as those holes are the diameter of a small paperclip.



Honestly, I have been debating going without this. Then I do not have to switch over from my copper ring after HERMS. I initially bought it not thinking about how easily it could be clogged if grain got in there. Also I ended up using it because of the bling factor. I also drilled through my lid and had the mount already made so I was not just going to scrap it right away since I paid for it. I do have a spare lid that will most likely be modified into a single sparge/HERMS lid eventually. Switching from HERMS to Sparging will then be more simplistic.

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If that is a Phil sparge arm... I'll refer to it as Phil's Squeky Arm. We found it needed (A) psi to keep it spinning, (B) was squeky and annoying.

The simple sprinkler I use works well. I've used plates, foil, pie tins, simple hose ploped in... They all worked to prevent channeling of water through the grain bed. Do it cheap n easy.

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I prefer a short length of tubing laid on top of the mash such that it creates a slow whirlpool on top of the grains. Easy, never clogs, easy for circulation.
+1 This is the way the Sabco Brew Magic brew magic works also.
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I prefer a short length of tubing laid on top of the mash such that it creates a slow whirlpool on top of the grains. Easy, never clogs, easy for circulation.
+1. Works great. Check out silicone tubing at Amazon (sold by Small Parts, Inc.; cheaper than the HB vendors).
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