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Old 08-10-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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How consistent does recirculation of the wort in the mash tun keep your temperatures throughout the mash? Hot and cool spots, etc. I don't want to mess with a heat exchanger in the tun but am interested in controlling the consistency throughout. I have a direct fired tun.


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Old 08-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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I recirculate using a RIMS. After around 5 minutes it seems that all my thermometers (3 spaced in the process) are pretty close to dead on.


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Thanks for your response. RIMS is just pumping the wort back into the top of the mash tun, correct?
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RIMS (Recirculation Infusion Mash System)

Yes, it gets recirculated thru the lid with usually a spray ball inside.
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RIMS (Recirculation Infusion Mash System)

Yes, it gets recirculated thru the lid with usually a spray ball inside.
Is spraying OK. what about oxidation? Wouldn't it be better to just let run in slowly at just below the surface level of the mash?
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I have been recirculating the mash wort for many years with a direct fired tun. I ended up making a circular manifold
which I adjust to touch the surface of the wort. About 1.5 years ago I switched to BIAB. It works great.
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Thanks for the replies. I'll work on something along these lines. Just finished automating the burner for the HLT so the MLT will be next.
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Thanks for the replies. I'll work on something along these lines. Just finished automating the burner for the HLT so the MLT will be next.
I would (and did) automate the MLT not the HLT, and run my pump to recirculate the whole time.
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I have thought about doing this, I scored a pump off craigslist that came with a pot and other stuff, I have never hooked it up. I need to build a stand for everything too.
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I would (and did) automate the MLT not the HLT, and run my pump to recirculate the whole time.
I will be looking into the pump for MLT also, but I wanted to control the temperature of my HLT for the fly sparge process first. This was the part I found to have the most difficulty maintaining.


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