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Old 02-25-2007, 04:24 AM   #1
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I am an AG'er and want to know how you guys return your first runnings. I run off into a 3 gal bottle and simply but slowly pour it back into the tun. The problem is I feel like I am channeling the returns. Any advise?

 
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:59 AM   #2
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I've seen some folks use a tupperware lid to float on top of the mash and pour onto that to avoid channeling. Personally, I collect small amounts, a quart or two at a time, and pour back gently, but I'm using a cube and the grain bed is pretty deep.
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:49 AM   #3
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...Personally, I collect small amounts, a quart or two at a time, and pour back gently, but I'm using a cube and the grain bed is pretty deep.
Same here. I have a plastic measuring cup I use. I just catch a few measuring cups full till it runs clear, and return it right to the top of the bed without much disturbance to it.

I have seen people use tin foil, by just laying it over the top of their grain bed, and pour their first runnings over it. That works like a charm it seems.
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:00 PM   #4
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i run off into a small kettle or tupperware pitcher to collect grains etc... i just slowly pour it back in, but usually have two inches or so of water over the grain bed.
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Old 02-25-2007, 03:01 PM   #5
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I turn my big spoon over and pour over top of it that way it just trickles off the sides.
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Old 02-25-2007, 03:32 PM   #6
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I have a coors jug a bar owner gave me that I use for measureing
my mash water etc. that I use to collect my runnings into before pouring
back into my 5 gallon Igloo cooler/tun. My grainbed is deep and channeling isn't a factor doing batch sparging.
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Old 02-26-2007, 04:50 AM   #7
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Whats the average amount you guys run off ? I will try to ajust my method of reintroducing my run off so it makes me feel better.

 
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