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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    Sigma Six, here’s a screenshot of my equipment profile. I hit the BeerSmith OG and FG estimates within a gravity point for both large and small grain bills. I know my overall efficiency is really, really bad, but that’s because I purposely leave a total of 2.75 gallons of wort and beer in the...
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    Ss Brew Kettle vs Spike

    Plus one on support after the sale.
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    This might be a record of some kind. What were you brewing?
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    Everything looks solid to me. You have the best equipment available. You obviously know how to use it. Your process is sound. You’re willing to troubleshoot and experiment. I agree a good place to start is with your recirc. The only other thing I can think of is BrewCommander settings somehow...
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    How are you getting your mash temps? PID readout? ThermaPen? Other? Do you use a cover while mashing? Your equipment and process seems sound.
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    I’m not familiar with the BrewCommander, but it gets pretty good reviews. I use Spike’s controller and have it set to ‘Auto’ for mashing. It gets set to ‘Manual’ for boiling. I’m not sure if the BrewCommander has equivalent settings. My temps (according to the PID readout) are very stable (+- a...
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    I account for this in the “trub loss” value found in the equipment profile. I have this value set to 1.75 gallons. This might be higher than most people’s setting, but by raising the kettle pickup tube and leaving more wort behind when I transfer from kettle to fermenter, I minimize the amount...
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    slade_brewing, there should be no dead space loss when mashing with the Solo system…or any BIAB system. My losses are set to zero.
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    I am using the latest online version of BeerSmith and there may be differences between BeerSmith versions and platforms. What you are saying makes sense. There really shouldn’t be any mash related dead space losses for the Solo system. As Bigzz1313 suggested, a good place to start is with the...
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    I use both. I uncheck the “Adj mash for dead space” box in the Spike Solo equipment profile and my volumes are right on. Here’s a screen shot of my profile:
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    Spike Solo double milling?

    Congratulations on your system. It sounds like a sweet setup. Your crush is a good place to start as you get your process dialed in. You can easily hit 70% mash efficiency with your Solo. I’m at ~80% mash efficiency (BeerSmith) with minimal grain in the wort and no stuck sparge. However, it took...
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    Bobby_M, that makes a lot of sense. I think this is great advice.
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    Beerstein, my heating element gets discolored (maybe scorched?) if I don’t clean it well between brews. Also, I reduce the PID to 60% once the boil gets going. After the break, I reduce to 35% when I put the steam condenser lid on. I’m using a 15 gallon Solo so your numbers will likely be a...
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    Spike Solo Owner's Thread

    I think you are on the right track looking at ways to control the water flow. I use the valve on my Blichmann RipTide to control the flow and keep the triclamp valve on the kettle fully open. With your grain bill a stuck sparge should not be an issue. Here’s the session data from my last brew...
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