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Old 02-14-2009, 04:29 AM   #11
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OK, this may seem like an obvious question but how do you run sparge water through the coil. Are

you running freshwater thought it using the HLT to heat it or are you running the

existing water in the HLT through it. I'm thinking of using the heated water of the HLT

through it by using a disconnect on one end with a hose that would run down to the

bottom. The pump would obviously have to run from the HLT to the MT.
You use the hot water in the HLT that was used for the HERMS HEX as your sparge water, you pump it throught the coil. That is how I run my E-HERMS... I get about 85% efficiency.


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Old 02-14-2009, 04:31 AM   #12
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Here is what kills me about a HERMS, no stiring! It does every thing a comercial tank does ecept stir, wich increases the efficiancy. Seems to me the wheel does need upgading period. AB gets 95 % because of stirin rakes, gaps are greated to help wash the grains, thusly get on with your project how you see fit and happy brewing. I would like to think efficiancy is no. 1 in all grain esle why bother.
I dont think anyone thinks efficiency is #1 in AG brewing. It is nice, but not the goal

Many people use mash mixers... but I have never heard of them breaking 85% efficiency which does not take a mash mixer. I am just pointing out that you can build whatever you like, but it isnt necessarily going to give you any benefit



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Old 02-14-2009, 11:04 AM   #13
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I would say that there is not a single process in brewing that couldn't be improved. The wheel doesn't need to be reinvented, but can always be improved. If it wasn't, our cars would have stone wheels still.

However, as mentioned changing for sake of changing is fine, but you may not experience the benefit that you are hoping for, and in the process you may make things more difficult.
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Old 02-14-2009, 02:13 PM   #14
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So, you are talking about having your HERMS coil in the mash?

That just sounds like a PITA to keep clean.

More so than running the wort through the coil because, IIRC, most HERMS brewers run their sparge water through their coil to collect the wort from inside it. Tah Dah! Clean, inside and out.
+1, this is what I do, works great.
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:46 AM   #15
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AB gets 95 % because of stirin rakes, gaps are greated to help wash the grains, thusly get on with your project how you see fit and happy brewing. I would like to think efficiancy is no. 1 in all grain esle why bother.
I brew all grain to make delicious beer... but way to pull out AB on a homebrew thread. That takes balls. Congrats.
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Old 02-15-2009, 05:47 AM   #16
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AB is a good point to make, it may not be my go to bland beer but a BL always taste like a Bl.
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AB is a good point to make, it may not be my go to bland beer but a BL always taste like a Bl.
... yea, and I'm sure my pee still tastes like it did when I was a curious tot, but I'm not going to drink it ever again either.
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... yea, and I'm sure my pee still tastes like it did when I was a curious tot, but I'm not going to drink it ever again either.
Actually, I highly doubt your pee tastes the same as it did when you were a curious tot, different inputs means different output, just sayin'.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:02 PM   #19
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... yea, and I'm sure my pee still tastes like it did when I was a curious tot, but I'm not going to drink it ever again either.
wow... you revived a thread that has been dead for 20 months to do some BMC bashing? most people just start a new thread for that.

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I was doing a little research and couldn't resist. I shouldn't bash too much though, I have a Chickalob Ultra clone in the fridge for my neighbor who replaced my mailbox when it got smashed while I was out of town.


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