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Old 01-19-2010, 01:30 PM   #21
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How do you like the Blichmann AutoSparge? I'm considering using it on my single-tier HERMS system I'm building. Seems like a great way to maintain a constant level in the MLT without having to go crazy matching in/out rates during fly sparging.
Functionally it worked....ok, it will never shut completely off if you're using a pump, there's too much pressure behind it. But it will slow to a tiny trickle so it's not a big deal.

Also, I noticed that even though I was recirculating the whole time, I had a hot spot in my mash at the point where the return tube sits.
I know some out there use only a high temp silicone hose that they lay on top of their mash to recirc. Do they see the same hot spots?

 
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:41 PM   #22
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I just assembled my Blichmans yesterday and posted pics here...

I installed the AutoSparge in my MLT too...

Now, I used to use a cooler and and a single return line in my old HERMS, but the mash water just returned to a "pool" on top of the bed, so Id expect that pool temp to be homogenous as it filtered down...

 
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:57 PM   #23
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Freebooters,
I live about 2 1/2 hours from you. Wished we could have a Brutus Brew Day. I'm getting ready to brew my first batch on my Brutus, which will be a Helles.

Very nice by the way.
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