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Old 07-31-2012, 02:54 AM   #1591
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I just have to ask. Are you folks sing the rice hulls on top/bottom or both? It would appear to me that the top of the pipe is where they would be needed the most.

 
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:25 AM   #1592
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I just have to ask. Are you folks sing the rice hulls on top/bottom or both? It would appear to me that the top of the pipe is where they would be needed the most.
Crush your grain, add the rice hulls, and mix in before dumping in the pipe. Even distribution.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:34 PM   #1593
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Crush your grain, add the rice hulls, and mix in before dumping in the pipe. Even distribution.
agreed...in my case I also mixed about a 1/4 lb into the cereal mash right out of the rice cooker when it was still easy to mess with. The minute it cools it turns into a big sticky blob, which fortunately is water soluble.

I also scattered a layer on the very top of the mash mostly because it made me feel better about putting 5ish lbs of soggy glue like gunk in the malt pipe.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:02 AM   #1594
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I am thinking about making an insulation jacket out of an insulated camping sleeping pad which looks to be about similar thickness as the Speidel stock one. Obviously I need to make some nice slits and holes for handles and tap. How is the standard issue fastened around BM, is it velcro? Thanks.

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:23 AM   #1595
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yep, velcro sewn on
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #1596
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Anyone got the copper lid for 50L they want to sell?

 
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:00 AM   #1597
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Anyone got the copper lid for 50L they want to sell?
I've got one for the 20L, and other than inverting it for a funnel for filling the malt pipe, I find it's useless:
- during the boil condensation forms on it, and because it overhangs the vessel, the condensation drips around the vessel.
- as the boil begins, the copper hood greatly increases the chance of a boil over, and it's difficult to see until it's too late.

Don't waste your money, even though it is pretty when it's shined up.

 
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:38 PM   #1598
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I've got one for the 20L, and other than inverting it for a funnel for filling the malt pipe, I find it's useless:
- during the boil condensation forms on it, and because it overhangs the vessel, the condensation drips around the vessel.
- as the boil begins, the copper hood greatly increases the chance of a boil over, and it's difficult to see until it's too late.

Don't waste your money, even though it is pretty when it's shined up.
I have the copper hood for my 20L BM which came with a rubber seal around the edge which makes a water tight seal on the top edge of the BM.

I place mine on the big U shaped bar so that I can keep an eye on the boil until the hot break has passed.

The primary reason for me to purchase the hood was to connect it via a 4" hose to an extractor fan to keep SWMBO happy, this unfortunately means you cannot smell the hops but we have to make some sacrifices if we are to brew in the cellar AND maintain marital harmony

 
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:04 AM   #1599
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Thought the hole in the hood was big enough to prevent boil over. Dern, any 50L hood owners care to comment? Thinking would allow for less energy waste and more rolling boil. My 50L doesn't boil that hard even with jacket.

 
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:14 AM   #1600
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I have a cooper hood with the silicon gasket for my 20L. I posted a video several pages back showing a comparison of the boil with and without it. It definitely helps produce a vigorous boil but dealing with boil overs lead me to give it up. I tried a couple of the anti-foam solutions but it still caused me grief. It's solid as heck and makes a fine funnel. Ultimately mine is sitting in the garage gathering dust. If there's a 20L owner out there interested in one state-side shoot me a PM.

-Chris

 
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