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Old 01-30-2014, 11:16 PM   #11
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That's pretty sweet... I might just go ahead and get a new IE, maybe SS, and give it a try. I wouldn't mind getting a pump anyhow since it's sometimes hard to get the gravity working well out of my diptube. Does anyone run a screen, on this setup? That's what I have now in my tun and would like to keep it. Thanks guys.
I have a false bottom on my mash tun. Very little, if any, grain pass through it. If there is any, it just pushes through the valves, through the coil and back into the mash tun. Here's a look inside...
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:18 PM   #12
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I call the black lock-line in my mash tun a mash wang...

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Old 01-30-2014, 11:24 PM   #13
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I plan on using a cooler tun with a bazooka screen, you know if that would work well or would it cause issues vs. using a false bottom on a round cooler or keggle tun?

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Old 01-30-2014, 11:31 PM   #14
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I plan on using a cooler tun with a bazooka screen, you know if that would work well or would it cause issues vs. using a false bottom on a round cooler or keggle tun?
I don't personally have any experience using a cooler as a MT, but there are thousands of people who have. It's typical for them to also use a bazooka screen, or even a false bottom, to keep the grain where it's supposed to be. This setup will work with a HERMS, however if you are looking to maintain mash temperature then your cooler will do an excellent job by itself (no herms).

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Old 01-31-2014, 12:04 AM   #15
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You probably won't see much increase in efficiency with a bazooka screen, a false bottom or manifold would be a better way to go. Coolers hold temps well but the mash can form hot and cold spots. Not saying you have to have HERMS to make good beer, but it has it's benefits.

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There's been plenty if talk about the inefficiencies of a bazooka screen when not batch sparging. If the wort is only being drawn out from a certain spot (and not the whole width of the tun like a FB) it causes central channeling and poor efficiency. This is not a big deal when batch sparging because you're doing a full drain and then adding sparge water, however, during fly sparging and recirc, you'll see the difference


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Got ya, maybe I'll stick to batch sparging for now with the bazooka, my efficiency is 70ish so it's not that bad and I get good beers. I read about the channeling and a reason I drain very painfully slow. I just wondering if I could get better results in quality and efficiency for little money, sounds like I'd have to invest in some other stuff as well. Maybe I'll build up to it at some point. Thanks guys!

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