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Old 09-01-2012, 10:18 PM   #2071
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I saw this on your site, and that's what i did. But I find that when I do this, I end up with a deep pool right underneath the end of the tube, caused by the trickle of wort squirting away grains. I have only used it twice and got about 85% efficiency, which works for me, but I always wonder, when most of the grain bed is 3 inches deep, and the grain bed directly under the end of the hose is only 1 inch deep, isn't wort going to preferentially go through the shallower part? I use a very slow recirc rate so it doesn't upset the grainbed much, but the result is that the recirculating wort drips straight down in a single location.

Am I doing this wrong? After seeing this, I had considered building a similar ring to the one built by Otter_bay_brewing.
It really depends on the type/quality of false bottom you have and the depth of grain. Not to take this off-topic, but I'm surprised you only have a grain bed that is 3" deep. That seems very shallow. Is the mash tun vessel very wide/large instead of high? You want enough depth so that channeling doesn't occur.

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Old 09-01-2012, 10:52 PM   #2072
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I am using 15 gal blichmann boilermakers with their false bottom, with a batch size of 6.5 gal, so it was about 4 gallons or so for the grain bill of about 12 pounds. I am not sure the actual depth of the grain bed. 3 inches was a guess, and likely way on the underside. But you certainly see a deep pit in the grain where the hose is, at least 2 inches deep, and likely, in fact, more. Should I crank up the speed on the recirculation?


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Old 09-02-2012, 12:02 AM   #2073
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Here's my setup, just finished the welding and will soon be adding the 3rd burner for the mash tun. Currently using a cooler mash tun.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:12 AM   #2074
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Yep, that's a half of a two-gallon mead bucket for a splash guard. The whole rig breaks down and tucks neatly away in a corner, which makes SWMBO happy.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:54 AM   #2075
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I am using 15 gal blichmann boilermakers with their false bottom, with a batch size of 6.5 gal, so it was about 4 gallons or so for the grain bill of about 12 pounds. I am not sure the actual depth of the grain bed. 3 inches was a guess, and likely way on the underside. But you certainly see a deep pit in the grain where the hose is, at least 2 inches deep, and likely, in fact, more.
You shouldn't have any issues with channeling with that. The Blichmann false bottom works well.

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During mashing? I always recirc with my pumps open 100%. But then I only have the silicone hose as the return. No sparge arm that may get clogged.

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:17 PM   #2076
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Am I seeing that right, is that front tube the gas line also?
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Am I seeing that right, is that front tube the gas line also?
I think the gas line is attached to the back of the front tube... You can see where the line comes off towards the right side to go to the propane tank.
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The gas line is within the tubing, not behind.


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