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Old 09-27-2009, 01:26 AM   #1
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I did my first brew tonight with the assistance of a March pump, a bunch of tubing, and a ton of quick disconnects.

WOW. This is a new era of brewing for me.

That is all.

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Old 09-27-2009, 01:37 AM   #2
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They are awesome!

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Also, I have two ripple elements, two keggles with valves and QDs installed, and a Therminator waiting in the wings. I am so close to going critical.

Pol, I have drawn much from you. Thanks. Hopefully I'll be able to give back to this forum in a reciprocal way someday.

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I did my first brew tonight with the assistance of a March pump, a bunch of tubing, and a ton of quick disconnects.

WOW. This is a new era of brewing for me.

That is all.
The quick disconnects are great. Quite a few posts imply that you only aririve in home brewing when one's stand is hard plumbed. As for me, the QD way is fine. Congrats on the new pump and setup.
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I just read the article in the newest BYO where the March Pump was installed in a plastic toolbox. Pretty neat idea for someone who has a somewhat "Mobile" brew setup.

I was wondering which is the best hose to buy using quick disconnects.

I see the silicone is rated for 500 degrees. I am now using a Counterflow Chiller (Gravity fed) and I think the March Pump would make a big difference....

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Old 09-27-2009, 12:53 PM   #6
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I just read the article in the newest BYO where the March Pump was installed in a plastic toolbox. Pretty neat idea for someone who has a somewhat "Mobile" brew setup.

I was wondering which is the best hose to buy using quick disconnects.

I see the silicone is rated for 500 degrees. I am now using a Counterflow Chiller (Gravity fed) and I think the March Pump would make a big difference....
Tubing: Brewmaster's Warehouse sells the silicone hose at a decent price. They were out of stock, so I bought some nylon tubing at home depot. They have your standard 1/2" ID thin-wall tubing, but the stuff I bought is much thicker and has a mesh of reinforcement in the wall. That stuff worked very well. I might even have gotten away without hose clamps.
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I am now using a Counterflow Chiller (Gravity fed) and I think the March Pump would make a big difference....
I used the pump for a bunch of things.
  1. transfered hot water from my HLT to the mashtun for mash-in and sparging
  2. recirculated in my mashtun for about 5 minutes for a great vorlauf
  3. transfered my hot wort to the boil pot
  4. during boil, recirculated boiling wort through my Therminator, then back to the pot, in order to sterilize it,
  5. recirculated the cooling wort through the therminator to cool the wort. I also used a IC in a bucket of ice water to drive the temp down.

Put the male QDs on all the hardware. Put the female QDs on both ends of at least 3 sections of tubing. It went really, really well.

Here are the Part Numbers I used from McMaster Carr. Remember, I did not buy their tubing because of cost.
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Very nice description.
I am about to procure another keggle and I wanted to use it as an HLT. Now that I have a CFC I thought of using my old Immersion Chiller "Inside" my HLT and configure it some way to allow me to recirculate my wort in my mashtun through the Immersion Chiller to achieve better and more accurate Mash Temps. Maybe even dabble with step mashing in the future.
Is this something that you have considered?

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Very nice description.
I am about to procure another keggle and I wanted to use it as an HLT. Now that I have a CFC I thought of using my old Immersion Chiller "Inside" my HLT and configure it some way to allow me to recirculate my wort in my mashtun through the Immersion Chiller to achieve better and more accurate Mash Temps. Maybe even dabble with step mashing in the future.
Is this something that you have considered?
Basically a HERMS? I hear it can be done, but it is not easy to step mash with a HERMS. Steps can take too long, making it more of a ramp mash. Highly modified malts convert so fast that any delay in reaching the temp. step will make it more of a ramp mash.

That is all I have to say on the subject, but there have been tons of threads on HBT started concerning step mashing with HERMS. One guy claims that he can do it, but he has a dedicated HERMS HEX that is much more eff. than an HLT.
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Is this something that you have considered?
Yea, but I am in the process of converting to all electric and I think a better way of tackling the heat exchange is an inline heater element. It is simply a piped loop with a heating element right in the pipe. Tankless.

Tell ya the truth, though, I can hit my mash temps, and hold them, pretty well in my cooler right now. So that part of my system is a ways off. I need to build a cart for my 2 keggles and a cooler first.
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