Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Brew Stands > Thinking about a Cheap Way to recirculate Mash
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-11-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
Jawbox0
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ormond Beach, Florida
Posts: 414
Liked 17 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default Thinking about a Cheap Way to recirculate Mash

So, I'm a fairly new all grain brewer working in batches of 5 gallons or less. I don't really have much interest in scaling up to larger brews, but I do have interest in making better beer. One thing I've been thinking about recently is a relatively inexpensive way to easily recirculate my mash while still hitting my temperatures. Now, I'm out in Fargo, so I'm very interested in staying warm (indoors) during my Winter brews. I also am renting and don't have easy access to 220V or high amp 110V.

With that said, I think I have a pretty good solution, but I'd love to know if this has already been attempted. I'm using my stove for the strike water, and a 5G Home Depot water cooler for my MLT.

I was thinking I could pick up a smaller (2.6GPM) pump with an inline block heater connected to a controller and a temp sensor to maintain temperatures.

I doubt a 600 watt heater is going to be able to step mash, but I'd think this would allow me to recirculate my mash on the countertop in a really neat lil' package. I'd just get my water up to temperature on the stovetop, but this would let me fine tune my temps once it gets in the MLT.

Any thoughts on the plan, the pump, or the block heater idea? What would you do for the controller?

(Alternatively, they have a 1500W tank heater, but I'm thinking that the plastic would be safer than using whatever metals the tank might be made out of and easier to clean too)

EDIT: Removed 'Food Grade' designation, I made an assumption there. Ooops!



Jawbox0 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
shortyjacobs
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,512
Liked 32 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Only thing with that pump is it doesn't say food grade, and it can only handle temps up to 150F. Many have tried, but none have found good, cheaper alternatives to the March 809HS


Other than that, sounds interesting
shortyjacobs is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2009, 06:00 PM   #3
Jawbox0
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ormond Beach, Florida
Posts: 414
Liked 17 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

Thanks for the clarification. I guess it is back to the drawing board as long as I'd already have the expense of a March pump, there are a few other things I'd change too...
Jawbox0 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mash Tun...thinking can be hazardous inspector13 Equipment/Sanitation 8 09-28-2009 05:39 AM
Thinking about doing a mini mash, any tips would be great Graeme Extract Brewing 2 06-22-2009 06:54 PM
Looking for a better way to recirculate wort KUbrew All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 7 04-27-2009 01:42 AM
Thinking of trying AG -- how big will my mash be? Can I oversparge? goplayoutside All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 09-09-2008 04:50 PM
Thinking about partial mash bluedragoon85 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 14 01-24-2008 11:45 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS