Originally Posted by Sawdustguy
I have have an electric RIMS and PID Temperature Controlled HLT and while I am mashing and recirculating I am heating the sparge water to 170ish. I usually mash for an hour, would it take more than an hour for you to heat your sparge water while you are mashing and recirculating? Wouldn't you use your HLT burner to keep the sparge water at 170* while you are sparging? I don't understand any benefit of running your sparge water through the RIMS tube. I think any benefit would be negated by running strike water through the cold RIMS tube when filling the mash tun with strike water in the beginning.
I am planning to use the burner to heat the sparge water to correct temps of about 170
But then all I do is change a couple handles and the flow changes from recirculation mash to drain mash to boil kettle and start sparging via the same route as the mash was recirculation through. this not only insures I have all the wort from the system I was also thinking it would help clean the whole mash and rims unit for me (not meaning I won’t have to run PBW through it) but it should all be a little cleaner when I finished. I will also have 3 temp, gauges 1 at output of MT, 1 at output of HLT and 1 in rims unit. With the extra 24” of Stainless Steel pipe the sparge water will have to travel I don’t think there would be too much heat loss as the rims unit will have already been heated from the travel of mash.
and because I am using the same pump to then run the wort though. When I do come to cleaning it all. All I do is set up the return to empty mash tun and run pump of cleaning solution or sanitation solution and run through both rims unit and plate chiller with only a change of hose
the other pump will only be running cold water side for plate chiller or if I do decide to put on a system like the Brutus 10 for heating the HLT. Which is a good possibility in the near future.