Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Pumping from MLT to kettle
Thread Tools
Old 03-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 24 reviews
TheMan's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,961
Liked 339 Times on 251 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Pumping from MLT to kettle

My mlt uses a stainless braid as the manifold. Any reason I can't pump the wort from the mlt to my kettle? Or anything I need to be weary of while doing this? Sucking grain particulate through?


TheMan is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
processhead's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 769
Liked 125 Times on 97 Posts
Likes Given: 5


Are you talking about using the pump as part of the run-off process?

I think the pumping rate for an unmodified pump would exceed the optimum run-off rate from your MLT. You could have problems with bed compaction or other issues.

This might be possible to do if you throttled the pump discharge with a valve to meet a slower run-off rate.

If you are running off into a container by gravity flow, and then tranferring from the container to your boil kettle, then the pump should work fine for the transfer at it full pumping capacity.

processhead is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
more hops better good
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
iijakii's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Portland-ish, OR
Posts: 3,111
Liked 617 Times on 385 Posts
Likes Given: 697


Some people claim to have issues with pumping from the MLT and getting stuck sparges, but there are tonnes and tonnes of people that do it without issue. I don't know if there's a flow trick you need to worry about.
iijakii is online now
Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 09:35 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bayville, N.J.
Posts: 457
Liked 18 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 1


I don't know anything about braids. I have a full false bottom and circulate continually throughout mash at full speed (RIMS). When its time to sparge (Fly) I pump it into boil kettle but cut it down to a trickle via a valve. I believe batch spargers do the same thing only they run it wide open untill it is drained. I did put a vacum gauge on the down stream side to make sure the mash isn't sticking, which it rarely does, and if it does stick, I shut off the pump, stir, and let it rip again.
RoadKing is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
whirlpooling 5 gal and 10 gal in same kettle Bugaboo General Techniques 3 10-02-2011 11:19 PM
Kettle to Primary de5m0mike General Techniques 9 05-03-2010 12:12 PM
Kettle screening... smizak General Techniques 24 04-16-2010 10:07 PM
Best way to get from kettle to carboy flipper51 General Techniques 21 04-20-2009 10:42 PM
Turkey Fryer Kettle for Boil Kettle? SenorWanderer General Techniques 3 09-06-2007 07:52 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads