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Old 01-26-2013, 11:58 PM   #31
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Brewed today, didn't get very good efficiency... Like 55%. Also, I did not have enough water. I didn't think the equipment loss would be so much.

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:43 PM   #32
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Your poor efficiency was more likely from the low water

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:03 AM   #33
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What do you mean by equipment loss?

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:09 AM   #34
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Here is a link to the ones that are supposed to be the same as the GreatBrewEh pumps: http://bit.ly/XkQX8f

I ordered it straight from GBE.
I've got that pump and it works just fine. More than sufficient for recirculating wort in a three gallon setup. Also blows wort through the plate chiller fast enough to barely cool it to 100* on one pass. Yeah, I still need to get another ball valve to control that but I use it in a copy of the thread you used for your inspiration.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:15 AM   #35
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Looks like a rough first brew for you efficiency wise. I know in the original thread people who've built it said they hit around 80%. I get 75% but know I could get more if I adjusted my crush but since other people use the same mill I don't want to mess with changing it. How nice was your mash though? Super easy huh?

Just wondering about that element you have. I was looking at the same one but was deterred by the price. Was shipping much, I'm thinking about upgrading.

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:17 PM   #36
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Your poor efficiency was more likely from the low water
Yeah, I'm thinking the same thing.

By equipment loss I mean wort left in the chiller/pump/bottom of the kettle. I needed to add maybe half a gallon to get it up to full volume.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:20 PM   #37
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Looks like a rough first brew for you efficiency wise. I know in the original thread people who've built it said they hit around 80%. I get 75% but know I could get more if I adjusted my crush but since other people use the same mill I don't want to mess with changing it. How nice was your mash though? Super easy huh?

Just wondering about that element you have. I was looking at the same one but was deterred by the price. Was shipping much, I'm thinking about upgrading.
Yeah, everything went well! Just my crappy efficiency was the bummer... But I think I'll get it more dialed in soon.

The price is a lot, but I think it was worth it. It heats up water fairly quickly, and it seemed like I could go from mash to mash out to boil fairly quickly. And the boil was nice and vigorous, even at 85% power.
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I might have to look into that element if you can have a good boil at 85%. Mine is kinda weak right now and it's a high density element too. Someone bought the wrong one for me for Christmas, which I guess is my fault for not being more specific.

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Old 02-09-2013, 06:25 PM   #39
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Doing another brew today. Nicks Pale Ale:


4.5 lb Maris otter
1.5 lb Munich malt
1/3 crystal 60l

.5 oz Chinook 60 minutes
1 oz Cascade 20 minutes
.6 oz Citra 10 minutes
.6 ozCentennial 0 minutes
.3 oz Cascade 0 minutes
.4 oz Citra 0 minutes
.5 oz Williamette dry hop 7 days

I am mashing at 156, but I'm doing a 90 minute mash this time to see if my efficiency goes up to where it needs to be.

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Hi. I'm a stovetop (propane) 3 gallon BIABer and have been thinking about something like this. I've been concerned about the speed with which a 120V system would heat up. What is your start volume and how quickly does this heat up? Do you think it would work well if I skipped the pump, went with a manual control and insulation on the pot and then gravity fed the chillzilla? Thanks. Carl

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