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Old 12-06-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
Hex
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Hello fellow brewers, I'd like to share my rig with you, thanks for the inspirations, and I hope to inspire in return:



http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...StovetopAG.jpg

http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...argeKettle.jpg

http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...=LauterTun.jpg

http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...BoilKettle.jpg

http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...lsebottom1.jpg

http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...lsebottom2.jpg

http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...ttomDetail.jpg

http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/y...argeSiphon.jpg

Process:

Mash with direct heat on stovetop in 9 gal ss Boil Kettle.

Place in oven for rests.

Transfer mash with ladle to insulated Lauter Tun, 7.5 gal ss stock pot with modified Blichmann false bottom.

Start Lauter siphon, Voluff.

Start Sparge siphon, Sparge 5 gal ss stock pot.

Take Wort outside for the hop boil.


All stainless kettles, Blichmann 10 gal false bottom, 3/8" soft copper tubing through out, 'silver' lead-free solder, lead-free brass fittings, silicone tubing.


10 lbs. floor malted Marris Otter
4.5 gal Strike water
4 gal Sparge
Yields 7 gal 1.042 boiled to 5.5 gal 1.054, first batch.



 
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:36 PM   #2
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just curious how you start your siphon?


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Old 12-06-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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Start the siphon with lip suction, it's all pre-boil, so no worries.

 
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:47 PM   #4
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Man that false bottom looks great, did you build that yourself?
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:57 PM   #5
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It's a Blichmann false bottom, available separately from their 10 gal MLT.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ilermaker.html

 
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:11 PM   #6
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Yeah, I saw that, I meant the copper tubing ring and soldering, you did a fine job on fitting everything, looks pro.
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:21 PM   #7
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Thanks! The ring was nearly the proper diameter from the coil, I just massaged it.

I filed the butt joint and test fit the ring snug to the bottom of the 7.5 gal Lauter tun.
I made a scarf insert, and sweat soldered to form the sealed, hollow ring.
I made the tabs, held them in place with picture hanger wire (solder no sticky to steal), and soldered. All from 3/8" copper tubing.

 
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:52 PM   #8
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Quote:
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Start the siphon with lip suction, it's all pre-boil, so no worries.
Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't that going to be near-boiling water you're trying to suck through there?

 
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:05 PM   #9
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As long as the tube is above the rim of the kettle, a quick suck starts the siphon.

The sparge and wort never get near the top of the silicon tube as the column balances to equilibrium.

Anyway, silicon tube is fairly translucent, pinches closed easy, and is insulative to the touch.

 
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:07 PM   #10
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Once the siphon is started and has reached level in the 'up' silicon tube, the valve is closed, and the tube is layed in.

From that point, flow control is highly tunable with the ball valves--from full flow to just a trickle.



 
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