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notcreative 09-07-2012 03:34 AM

Vorlauf Arm? Newb looking to upgrade
 
I'm looking to upgrade to a pump set-up, and am not really clear on the method of vorlaufing. Forum searches yielded a bunch of sparge arm designs, but I'm concerned about that plugging up, and being a pain to clean. What do you all do?
Thanks!

krazydave 09-07-2012 03:43 AM

A length of silicone tube laid on top of the grain bed. Look up the blichmann auto-sparge. Cheap, easy, and works.

jfrizzell 09-07-2012 04:14 AM

Another option would be this:

http://www.brewhardware.com/accessories/114-mashtube

From our very own BobbyM.

notcreative 09-07-2012 04:21 AM

Let me see if I understand - the tube is for the vorlauf, and the sparge arm is for fly sparging?

krazydave 09-07-2012 04:25 AM

For a vorlauf and a sparge, the target is the same. To keep from channeling, mainly. So you can use a sparge arm for vorlauf also. With a tube though, you don't have to worry about any grain clogging it.

BudzAndSudz 09-07-2012 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jfrizzell (Post 4393658)
Another option would be this:

http://www.brewhardware.com/accessories/114-mashtube

From our very own BobbyM.


That's a nice product at a good price, but what's with the weird shape? it does basically what I've seen a bunch of brewers do for sparging, but they do it with a simple piece of copper or steel, why all the weird baubles on that?

stlbeer 09-07-2012 06:12 PM

It's called Loc-Line. Each segment can be turned/separated. i.e. it's flexible and snaps together.

jfrizzell 09-07-2012 06:14 PM

The benefit it you can adjust it to any height. Can't do that with stainless or copper.

BudzAndSudz 09-07-2012 06:19 PM

Sure I can, hand me some pliers and a dremel! ;)

Bobby_M 09-08-2012 05:31 PM

Try the pliers and dremel to adjust for every batch.


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