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Old 12-12-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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I have Designed a Gravity Flow AG Set-up with a Pump To Recirculate the mash tun(Sparging?). Here Is What I have

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12 Gallon Ice Cube Cooler For Mash Tun
15 Gallon Keggle
5 Gallon Keggle
1 foods Grade Pump

My Question is if the 5 gallon Keggle is big enough for the hot liquor tank?

or do I locate another 15 Gallon one or use a 10 gallon Rubermaid? Whats You Thoughts?

I have done only 3 extracts, 1 cider and I am looking for the ability to be more creative. ITS ADDICTING!!!!

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Old 12-12-2007, 05:17 PM   #2
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Wow...four batches and your ready to pump!! Get your feet wet, check out the sources below. I would recomend working on the process for a while rather than a "set-up". FYI, an HLT can be anything that can heat a sufficient volume of water...additionally...your kettle can do double duty and function as an HLT also, if you simply have another container to hold the wort during the sparge process.

To answer your question, 5 gal. is small for a HLT. you could make it work temporarily I guess. Check out the links below for simple all grain techniques.

http://cruisenews.net/brewing/infusion/index.php
http://www.tastybrew.com/articles/dennyconn001


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Old 12-12-2007, 05:24 PM   #3
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Way to get a running start. Do you have plans for your brew sculpture yet?

The 5 gal HLT will be big enough for most 5 gal batches, but you'll need at least double that if you want to brew 10 gal batches. I think I usually sparge with 8-9 gals for a typical 10 gal batch.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:37 PM   #4
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Like Lil' Sparky said, a five gallon HLT is big enough for a five gallon batch. With my five gallon batches, I usually mash in with somewhere around 3-5 gallons, and I usually sparge with somewhere around four gallons.

It sounds like you're setting up for larger batches, though, so you'll need that larger HLT.


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Old 12-12-2007, 10:33 PM   #5
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You'll need a larger HLT, it's true. I think you should also invest in a wort chiller. They're easy to make, pretty cheap if you don't screw up, and they work so much better than a bath of ice, it'll knock your socks off.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:50 PM   #6
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I'd love a pump and will get one when my back gives out in 40 years.

I'd swap the pump for an immersion chiller though.

Can't do AG, full boils without a way to quickly cool that wort.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:53 AM   #7
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I do have a sculpture designed out. I spent this after noon cutting 100 ft of 3/4 square tubing to dimensions. I got 140 ft for trading 1/2 of the first AG batch. Its Simple yet designed for space saving when not in use. After your suggestions I will be waiting my first full run until I have a Larger HLT or another Keggle. I will post some picts when I get It built.

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I was also cutting metal last night. I put like 25 old bedframes out of their misery. I can't help but think about the people who put them out on the curb for trash pickup. I wonder if it would make them giggle if they knew it was now going to help me make beer.

If anyone is thinking about cutting this much metal with a chop saw, I just want to tell you that it's about the nastiest part of "metal shop" ever. Sparks, fumes, noise, metal dust EVERYWHERE, dangerous!!! Please wear gloves, goggles, earplugs and a respirator.
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:13 AM   #9
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Its getting there still needs two more Keggles, and fittings ect. It is designed to compact for storage. Any thoughts or suggestions before I get any further along???

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Old 12-15-2007, 01:51 PM   #10
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What do you need 2 more keggles for? I only use 3, or 2 and a mash cooler. It looks like you have 2 already.


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