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Old 03-16-2007, 02:36 PM   #21
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I spoke with the nice guy who built Gary Spykman's SIMM Brewery. He told me the motor that he uses is a . He also went on to say the largest mash that he sees in his notes,
That's a "cool"(not) set up.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:41 PM   #22
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I think steam would definately be the way to go if you don't want a HERMS or RIMS. An electric element in the stirrer would not be efficient.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:44 PM   #23
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Brewman was working on a steam set up. I'm not sure if he's busy.
I don't think I've heard of him after the sparging thread.

I'd love to go for one of these funky set ups. I love gadgets but I just can't get away from my KISS system that is low cost.

It brews beer how I like it.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:59 PM   #24
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Gary was also telling me that he pulls the steam unit out when it's time to sparge.

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I run the pump to recirculate the wort after removing the SIMM, just long enough to clear the wort and set the grain bed. Then I turn the pump off and open the valve to run the wort out to the brew kettle. When the wort level drops down to about an inch above the grain bed I open another valve to begin sparging.
I really like Brewman's setup for the steam generation in the Corny. It's a toss up the method of making the steam, I like the simplicity of the pressure cooker, but I like the automation of the Corny generator.

 
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:02 PM   #25
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Steam injection into the mash sure looks like the hard way to get step mashing done, should try steam injection to recirculated wort. Same setup can be used to heat strike water instead of needing HLT for strike water heating.

 
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Old 05-02-2007, 03:16 PM   #26
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I decided on steam injection from the manifold in the bottom of my mashtun. I went with a braided hose and copper, and went ahead with the mash stirrer just copper tubing connected to icecream machine motor. Pretty simplistic to my first aspirations but I like it better, and it is no extra holes or anything out of my round cooler. I think I will save my pump for clearing wort and tranfer to kettle. Simple stirring after steam injection stays at the right temp and no heat loss on a hour rest at 150. I just take it up to 168 and then start dropping into my grant/pump and back over the grain until clear and then into the kettle. I batch sparge so I won't elaborate on the rest. I always wanted a rims or herms system until I have seen steam. Now I don't see the need for recirculation heating, I meen with a mash stirrer and a steam supply. I also had never done a mash out before steam injection. All I can say is that it beats the hell out of my old system and has made it a lot easier, and that is what it is al about to me. Thanks for your input though, it has made me think more.

 
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Brewman was working on a steam set up. I'm not sure if he's busy.
I don't think I've heard of him after the sparging thread.
I've been around. Look at my thread history. I didn't realize you guys were talking about me.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:27 PM   #28
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Steam injection into the mash sure looks like the hard way to get step mashing done...
You are kidding right ? 1 pressure vessel + 1 valve + 1 piece of hose, maybe a manifold if you want to get fancy.

Operation is equally complex.

if mashTemp.tooCold()
{
steamvalve.Open();
System.out.println("STIR THE MASH, DUMMY !");
}

if mashTemp.justRight()
steamvalve.Close();

Just make sure you stir a bit. No pumps, no circulation, no scorching, no oxidation. Just let it sit.

Did you read about how fast Yuri boosted the temp of his 10 gallon mash ?
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Thanks brewman, Yours is one of the threads that talked me into steam.

 
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:24 PM   #30
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I'm happy to hear you found it useful. I'm just giving back to the community that helped me.

I had another one of my cranberry ales last night at dinner. The first beer I ever steam mashed. Its a great beer !
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