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Old 05-29-2012, 06:49 PM   #141
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #142
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Very cool, were you having trouble with the mash sticking during recirc? Or just wanted a hopback/grant. My build is very simlar, and I have some worries about the grain bed compacting too much since I will be pumping through the herms for the duration of the mash

 
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:15 PM   #143
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Very cool, were you having trouble with the mash sticking during recirc? Or just wanted a hopback/grant. My build is very simlar, and I have some worries about the grain bed compacting too much since I will be pumping through the herms for the duration of the mash
Ive not had any problems with a stuck mash. I just wanted to run a slower more efficient mash and the Auto-Grant was an idea I had and it works amazing.. Gotta hard wire it now.. I went from 70% efficiency to 85% efficiency just adding the auto sparge and auto grant.. I was never very good at timing the fly sparge addition with the drain speed, and I didint wanna run a throttled down pump for 45 min (too much wear/tear) SO I am stoked, I just did a DIPA with 6oz of Simcoe in the grant basket which has a SS Strainer I made
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:21 AM   #144
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Wow nice build! I'm building a single tier RIMS setup and I'm already jealous of your build, a lot of nice features. I love the auto grant, i'll have to keep a lookout for an asparagus steamer, although i'm not going to add a PID for the BK, mostly cause i'm cheap and another 60-80 dollars seems silly to me, but then again, i'm not heating up strike water in my BK, one reason i went with the RIMS system. Keep it up, although I guess your all but done at this point, thanks for the posts, i'm hoping to start a thread on my build, although it's not gonna be this sweet, lol.

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:18 AM   #145
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Thanx DBG! I think the autogrant is one of the best features for multiple reasons but also because I have began first wort additions this way an running the fresh 168 degree wort thru the hops makes a very nice effect on the bitterness I've noticed. Best wishes on your build it's one heck of an adventure
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:29 PM   #146
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do you have a write up anywhere regarding the auto grant?
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:26 PM   #147
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do you have a write up anywhere regarding the auto grant?
Just a YouTube video. I have plans to do a write up. It's got it's moments setting up but I finally got her runnin solid So look for a thread soon
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:57 PM   #148
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Do you have any details on how many brew days you get out of your propane tank? I'm looking at electric since it seems like the gas would run through rather quick with 2 burners. Any info is appreciated!

 
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #149
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Do you have any details on how many brew days you get out of your propane tank? I'm looking at electric since it seems like the gas would run through rather quick with 2 burners. Any info is appreciated!
I figured up my electrical cost running two 4500 watt 240 Volt elements for 4 hours (way over estimated) would cost me something like two bucks. I guarantee you cant run two gas burners wide open for four hours that cheap!
I know you weren't asking about energy expense, but I thought I would throw that out there for you to think about.

 
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #150
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Do you have any details on how many brew days you get out of your propane tank? I'm looking at electric since it seems like the gas would run through rather quick with 2 burners. Any info is appreciated!
I brew 10gal batches usually and I use half a tank per 6 hour session. So I get two brew days or 20gallons of beer out of one $18 propane tank.
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