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Old 01-09-2011, 12:11 AM   #31
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What element are you using?
Remember he is starting his boil from mashout temps probably 170+ temps before the boil is started.


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Old 01-09-2011, 12:30 AM   #32
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Remember he is starting his boil from mashout temps probably 170+ temps before the boil is started.
That is typically the case. I'm not sure what bearing that has on the brand and size of element he is using in his system, please explain.

I'm not questioning his statements, just curious about equipment choices. I'm considering all my options.


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Old 01-09-2011, 02:24 AM   #33
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Where did you get that cart? Looks like a cafeteria cart. This is a no-sparge system correct? I really like this system! Simple and compact. It would be great in my basement!!!
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:17 AM   #34
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What element are you using?
I can't remember the brand, but it is just a 120V 2000W element if I remember correct. Nothing special.

 
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:19 AM   #35
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Where did you get that cart? Looks like a cafeteria cart. This is a no-sparge system correct? I really like this system! Simple and compact. It would be great in my basement!!!
Northern Tool, they stock them in the stores. I shopped around a lot and this one was the correct dimensions to work with my Polarware kettles. Plus plastic is a heck of a lot easier to cut than stainless!!!

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...4167_200344167

And yes, no sparge, just continuous recirculation. Usually I do about 60 minutes at 152-154, then ramp up to 170 over a 15 minute period and transfer to the BK. Seems to be working good for me.

 
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:20 AM   #36
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What kind of efficiencies do you get from your mash? The no lauter bit and the bags point my guess toward the low end, but the recirculating might make up for it. So until I do more reading, I just have to ask.

 
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:47 PM   #37
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Wow, very nice setup resslerk! I built a cart-based system heavily inspired by jkarp about a year ago and I love it!

 
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:57 PM   #38
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I meant to ask in my last post about the size of your kettles. You menioned they were polarware. I have a 20 qt. Stainless pot and a pony keg that I might use for a system like this.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:21 PM   #39
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What kind of efficiencies do you get from your mash? The no lauter bit and the bags point my guess toward the low end, but the recirculating might make up for it. So until I do more reading, I just have to ask.
I've never run below mid 70's. My last batch was an 83. However, as I've said before I don't really go for mash efficiency. Grain is so cheap I'd rather go for brewday efficiency.

With that said I'm getting good efficiency. Possibly it is the good temp control, my pH management, my milling, and recirculation combined.

 
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:22 PM   #40
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I meant to ask in my last post about the size of your kettles. You menioned they were polarware. I have a 20 qt. Stainless pot and a pony keg that I might use for a system like this.
30qt Polarware Economy kettles.

http://www.polarware.com/home-brewing/brew-kettles.php



 
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