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Old 01-18-2012, 12:50 AM   #31
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Do you constantly recirculate the mash?

I do.

I've been testing a few different return options in a quest to actually notice hot side aeration effects. Oddly, I can't tell an difference in my beers.

I use a fly-like sparge arm that sits at the top of the grain bed about 1in below the fluid level. Depending on pump flow the grain stirs a bit on the top.

My other return is a simple ss elbow that touches the MLT side...also just below the surface. When I do this I usually stir the mash 4-5 times during the 70min step.


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Old 01-18-2012, 12:58 AM   #32
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Why do you whirlpool? If your doing 30-40 gallon batches then I would think you are using conicals. Why not go strait to the conical and avoid running your cooling wort round and round giving it a chance to get infected. You save time and after filling the conical you can drain off the unwanted stuff.

The whirlpool step is almost habit now. My IPAs get a large dose of hops at this point. The whirlpool also helps sanitize the plate chiller before the valves are switched and everything flows to the fermenter.

My conical is a ways from the brew system so the final whirlpool step also gives me some time to prep hoses.

If I use a grant/hopback then I like flowing the clear beer out of the whirlpool and into the hopback for one more exposure to hops before fermentation.


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Old 01-18-2012, 02:41 AM   #33
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I'm a brewer at SweetWater Brewing Company...
Very cool, I was up there with Five Points Bottle Shop the brew your cask off event. Hope the expansion is going well.

PTI, back the your programmed discussion...
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:04 PM   #34
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I noticed some 180qt stainless pots on eBay. Concord is the company name (probably Chinese made). 304 stainless. $260 delivered

While 45 gallons is not quite the 55gal goal, the price seems very attractive vs Blichman or Stout. I'm ordering one to check out. They may have a 200qt option too.

Brew on!
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How about Eagle Design they go up to 500 L / 130 gallon


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I noticed some 180qt stainless pots on eBay. Concord is the company name (probably Chinese made). 304 stainless. $260 delivered

While 45 gallons is not quite the 55gal goal, the price seems very attractive vs Blichman or Stout. I'm ordering one to check out. They may have a 200qt option too.

Brew on!
Please post what you think of these. They are up In LA, so I've been thinking of picking up 2 and saving on shipping.
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Please post what you think of these. They are up In LA, so I've been thinking of picking up 2 and saving on shipping.

Will do!
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How about Eagle Design they go up to 500 L / 130 gallon


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Wow I emailed them and got a Quote for 3, I'm sure they are super nice and worth every penny, but to be converted to a 3bbl brewery there are probably better options

7550.00 each for the 132Gallon ones.
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Here we come, 1.5 bbls!!!

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any suggestions on a type of 1/8" bit that doesn't take forever to drill through 1/4" steel plates? Yes 1/4"... that was not to my specs
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any suggestions on a type of 1/8" bit that doesn't take forever to drill through 1/4" steel plates? Yes 1/4"... that was not to my specs
Start smaller then move up. Use lots of coolant.


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