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    German Helles Exportbier Silver Medal 2016 Bluegrass Cup - Dortmunder Export

    How did it turn out? I’ll soon be finishing up a keg of the latest batch. It’s the best one yet. I might cry when it’s gone.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    It's what is commercially available. No problems with mine so far. But yeah, it is a little flimsy. So I am careful with it. If it breaks, I'll use the fittings and find a different tube. I bought more grain yesterday. Have started up the Robobrew with 5 gal of water, now to decide what to make!
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    Is your sight glass doing ok?
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    Something to try, if this happens again, is to use an air compressor to blow the hops out. If you have one, it can save a lot of time. I’ve only had a clogged pump once, but after letting it dry blasted air down the recirculation tube. The hops flew right out. Problem solved.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    I could never set mine that tight. The one time I did I had a stuck sparge. So I put it back.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    I have a Malt Muncher? It is a 2 roller Kegland product the I purchased from Morebeer. The setting is around .0375”? Whether that is accurate or not I don’t know. I set it halfway between the .025 and .050 settings. I have found that is as tight as I can get it without getting stuck sparges.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    That is what I thought at first. Now I open up the valve enough that there is constant flow down the center. This helps maintain temperature by keeping heated wort on top. It's just a matter of how much you open the recirculation valve. I use to keep it so there was just a trickle, to avoid...
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    My mash never drains that fast. I have the smaller 35L unit, so maybe that makes a difference? My guess is that you could improve efficiency by milling the grain finer. I have my mill dialed in to where the mash drains very slowly, but I’m not getting stuck sparges.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    How much water did you start with? If the mash is coarse enough, maybe the water never built up enough to the overflow. Not sure that's a problem, as long as you are hitting your target numbers. I guess I have my mill set tight enough that I always have overflow down the center pipe.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    I don't leave it wide open. But enough that there is a constant flow down the center.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    Originally I thought the center pipe was a safety feature, in case of the occasional overflow. So I didn't open up the recirculation valve as much. But now I think it actually is supposed to be part of the process, and have been using it as such.
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    That's only when you are dumping in grain at the start. Once you mash in, put on the top screen, with the center pipe extending above it. Then, mine came with a milled piece of stainless steel the sits on to the center pipe. Put that on top of the pipe, and push down until it contacts the...
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    Just to be clear. I put the top screen on during the entire mash. Then put the lid on top, so it is all closed up, and recirculate through the hole in the lid. So there is water/wort on top of the grain bed the entire time. The overflow runs down the center pipe. When mash is done, I lift the...
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    Warm Fermented Lager Thread

    A follow up on the M54 California Lager Yeast. It does have a bit more of a fruity taste. The first batch was the Dortmunder lager, and I didn’t care for it in that one. Saflager 34/70 works better for that beer, as it has a cleaner profile. But after that I used it for a Zombie Dust clone, and...
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    Robobrew/Brewzilla Discussion

    I brewed my first batch using the new sight glass yesterday. Worked great, with no problems. Also used the new whirlpool arm. So, I just threw in the hop addition at the end of boil loose with no bag, and they bunched up in the middle of the false bottom without clogging the pump. I used the hop...
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