Originally Posted by seanybubbles
Make up a checklist. It makes the brew session go alot smoother and you don't forget anything then. Good luck!
That would help. As soon as I finished a step, I ran through the next in my head. Before doing anything with the pumps, I talked myself through where each source was coming from and what the destination was. Everything worked out yesterday after figuring out the pumps.
I kept reading that people pump too fast when recirculating the mash and I think that slowed me down as I barely had the pump open and it was enough to actually move the liquid the distance and height I needed to. I also figured out that if I could see the end of the tubing back at the top of the mash, rather than have it submerged, I could positively tell whether or not things were flowing.
The tip I read about having a pitcher at all times to collect wort and liquid when primping the pumps was invaluable.
To clean everything, I had hot PBW flowing through two vessels, two pumps, and through the HERMS coil all in one continuous loop while u scooped the rest of the grain out of the mash tun. That took a minute to plan the hose routes.