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Old 08-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
Tomtanner
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Hey guys,

I am nearing the end of a direct fire Rims system build and I am having trouble making a decision on a recirculating system or really just a sparging mechanism. I have a keggle mash tun with a false bottom and pumps with quick disconnects but I just can't seem to make a decision on a sparge arm approach.

Does anyone have a setup that they are proud of that would mind posting some pics?

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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I'll just post this up for an idea.


photo 3 by brewerJP

I don't have a combo bar like this now - I separated the recirc and sparge bars so I just switch them out depending on what I'm doing at the time. But principle wise it's still the same as what you see here: I send wort through the stainless tube up against the side of the kettle and right at the liquid line. I just adjust the height easily just by sliding the tube up or down.

When I sparge, I use the brass spray nozzle you see in the picture. It disburses the sprarge water in a very gentle, and very full cone pattern across the grain bed. I have the quick disconnect inside to easily flip the bar out.

Most people just lay silicone tubing right on top of the grain bed for sparging. I prefer a bit more coverage.

 
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Old 08-11-2012, 01:36 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jcaudill
I'll just post this up for an idea.


photo 3 by brewerJP

I don't have a combo bar like this now - I separated the recirc and sparge bars so I just switch them out depending on what I'm doing at the time. But principle wise it's still the same as what you see here: I send wort through the stainless tube up against the side of the kettle and right at the liquid line. I just adjust the height easily just by sliding the tube up or down.

When I sparge, I use the brass spray nozzle you see in the picture. It disburses the sprarge water in a very gentle, and very full cone pattern across the grain bed. I have the quick disconnect inside to easily flip the bar out.

Most people just lay silicone tubing right on top of the grain bed for sparging. I prefer a bit more coverage.
This is cool!

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:47 AM   #4
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Here's my setup..... Got the idea from a few folks on here....

This is a pic of my False Bottom, pick up tube, and a guard I made to protect thermometer.

This one is of the Loc-Line arm returning the wort back into the Mash.

And this is what it looks like after I completely drain the Mash Tun.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
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Damn what is your grist/water ratio? I've never seen a mash under that much liquid!

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:59 AM   #6
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Here is my set up.

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Old 08-12-2012, 01:04 AM   #7
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I do 1.5 quarts per pound.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:11 AM   #8
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+1 for the loc-line. I run my return line right through the lid of my mash tun. I like that b/c I can move the lid to my boil kettle to transfer wort - no changing hoses.

I'll try and post a pic tonight. Wont have any action shots till' monday or tuesday though when I brew again.

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:19 PM   #9
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Excellent guard/thermowell idea!

 
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