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Default Hefeweizen Brew Day w/ 2-Barrel (Brutus 20) CRDFM process

I tried out the Brutus 20 2-barrel Constant Recirculation Direct Fired Mash (CRDFM) process today, took some pics, and thought I'd share. I opened this thread in the AG forum for discussion about the process.

Let's start with Ingredients (7# red wheat, 5# pilsner, 1 oz Hallertau, Safbrew WB-06 yeast)



Using my 3-tier stand, but only 2 vessels



Doughed in



Hit the protein rest right on

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Recirculating while raising the temp from 122' to 154'



Keeping the flame low



Recirculating wort. The sparge arm is submerged.



Made it to the saccrification rest

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The boil kettle starts out with the sparge water. This is heated to 170' or so. The wort drains (or is pumped) from the MLT into here. This pic was taken just as I opened the drain on the MLT.



Recirculating from BK back up to the MLT



Towards the end of the recirculating sparge. You recirculate until the gravities in the MLT and BK are the same.



Boiling. Ready for hop addition.

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Chilling the wort



5 gals in the fermenter.

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Excellent stuff!

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Nice pics...looks like an excellent brew day!

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Thanks. Yeah, it was a good brew day and very interesting trying out a new/different process.

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Wow, that's an interesting mash/sparge setup. What was your efficiency like, and how did it compare to your usual procedure?

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Wow, that's an interesting mash/sparge setup. What was your efficiency like, and how did it compare to your usual procedure?
My efficiency was slightly lower than normal. I gave a full discussion about it here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=47424
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resurrecting your old threads Sparky and I hope you're still around. I assume you'd have to be using a refractometer to compare gravities between the two vessels?

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