Thoughts on plans for recirculating system - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Thoughts on plans for recirculating system

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-26-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
Dan_HBT
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 23


Before I spend the cash I want to get your opinions on a Brutus 20-like recirculating system. As of now I have a 52qt rectangular cooler mash tun with copper manifold and a 15 gallon 5500W electric kettle with an Auber PID and RTD. I was thinking of buying a chugger pump and doing a full volume recirc from bottom of boil kettle to top of mash tun and gravity the other way. I would use something along the lines of the autosparge arm to match flow rates. My current heating element would act as a rims type setup. I was thinking this setup would be like BIAB, without the lifting and squeezing, and perhaps have better clarity (not that it makes a huge difference in the final product).

Pros:
stepped mash
improved wort clarity
ability to whirlpool for better break separation and cooling (I use an IC)
No more lifting of hot wort in buckets

Cons:
More complex than needed/must listen to pump noise (I brew in my kitchen)
lower efficiency (not too much of a factor at the gravities I typically brew ~1.055)
possibility of overflowing mashtun/uncovering element

So what do you guys thinks?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
DFP51
 
DFP51's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 81
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I have this exact system, except I regulate the flow rate with a valve at the output of the single pump. Have put about a dozen batches through it so far and have no complaints at all.
__________________
Dan

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 01:41 AM   #3
BadWolfBrewing
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
South Bend, IN
Posts: 554
Liked 102 Times on 66 Posts


Search for countertop Brutus 20 for ideas. I did that for a year. Having the cfc inline was nice. By recircing at the end, sanitation was a breeze.


Next, I turned the same system into a herms, because I get bored unless I'm tinkering mostly. I have an ekettle and a cooler, and the kettle has an ic built in. I use the ic as a herms coil during mashing, and I circulate ice water from the mash tun to cool after boil. Works really well. For sparging I originally did the recirc of the Brutus style, but got frustrated at the efficiency... I like BIG beers. Now, I batch sparge, using buckets to hold the wort while the brew kettle heats the sparge water. I like this a lot. Great, repeatable efficiency, closed system that is sanitized by recircing after the boil, and only 2 vessels. I don't count buckets as vessels. 2 pumps are loud though... I also brew in the kitchen.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 01:43 AM   #4
BadWolfBrewing
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
South Bend, IN
Posts: 554
Liked 102 Times on 66 Posts


Oh... And with the countertop Brutus 20, there were very few hose changes mid brew, so it was clean and easy to use

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BIAB Recirculating Induction System paddyfunk Brew Stands 4 10-04-2011 01:02 PM
Recirculating Infusion Mash System RIMs jm427 For Sale 0 05-12-2011 10:28 PM
Non-Recirculating Single Vessel BIAB System Ppeg34 Brew Stands 8 05-07-2011 06:27 PM
Recirculating Mash system with electric and gas jyda Brew Stands 6 09-25-2010 08:27 PM
Heating Element in a Recirculating System limulus Brew Stands 8 11-28-2009 11:14 PM


Forum Jump