I am working on a concept for a automated brew system. The attached link is my plans for the plumbing (one showing each step of the brew). I am trying to keep cost down. One of the biggest costs appears to be valves (especially with electric control), so if i could reduce the count that would be great.
I do understand that my rims tube is going to need quite a bit of power for sparge (essentially hot water on demand, although i only need about 180* water at ~1 qt/min). I also get that the CIP cycle is kinda complex, but a computer is doing the work so whatever.
So what am i missing and what can i improve.
Also my next step is pipe layout / sizing what kind of flows am i likely to need (i figure i might as well run the headless calcs, keep my fluids from getting too rusty). I get sparge should be about 1qt/min (i currently batch sparge), but what about recirc or whirlpool, how about CIP?