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Cloud Surfer wondering how big a grain bill you had for your first use?
I find that I too have trouble with keeping the grain covered with sparge water If I'm aiming for say 30 litres in the fermenter the grain isn't very deep so does wash through fast so I worry that I haven't managed to rinse all of the grains well. I get about 76 percent efficiency but am still tuning crush and mash control.
 

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Setting up the 65L Brewzilla tonight. Just got Fedex in.

Are there any good videos on sparging with this thing? My entire brewlife has been batch sparging in a cooler. Kinda confused how to do this properly with the brewzilla. We converted a kettle to be the HLT with a heating element. Figure we'll use that. But as far as fly sparging. Not too sure
Just pour water over the grain bed and make sure to spread it out and not pour over the same spot the entire time.

Funny anecdote...on my last brew I was getting a little impatient with the sparge and i was tired of pulling out a half-gal at a time and just poured two gallons over the top of the grain bed all at once...hit 81% efficiency...I'll probably do it again LoL
 

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Cloud Surfer wondering how big a grain bill you had for your first use?
I find that I too have trouble with keeping the grain covered with sparge water If I'm aiming for say 30 litres in the fermenter the grain isn't very deep so does wash through fast so I worry that I haven't managed to rinse all of the grains well. I get about 76 percent efficiency but am still tuning crush and mash control.
It was only 6.5 kg of grain, so the grain bed wasn’t very thick. I realise that’s why it just gushed out the bottom of the malt pipe when I lifted it.
 
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can you share your BeerSmith equipment profile? I could only find the 65l in the templates.
Try this. These are original 35L from Short Circuited Brewing. I thought they were standard now on BeerSmith.
 

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Question: About to start 1st brewzilla. After chilling the wort, can I pump/transfer into the conical without worrying about hop/trub? Does it all stay above the false bottom?
 

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Question: About to start 1st brewzilla. After chilling the wort, can I pump/transfer into the conical without worrying about hop/trub? Does it all stay above the false bottom?
My first go around i had some trub hops get in there...didn't affect the beer any. I use a hop bag now so anything else going i I don't worry about.
 

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Question: About to start 1st brewzilla. After chilling the wort, can I pump/transfer into the conical without worrying about hop/trub? Does it all stay above the false bottom?
My first brew was a IIPA so there was hop trub everywhere. On top of the false bottom and on the actual bottom of the unit. That was even with using a hop basket. But after whirlpooling, most of the pile was in the centre and clear of the pump intake. So I just pumped away and transferred to my conical, and it left a ton of junk behind in the BrewZilla. There was still a lot of break in the conical, but I dumped it out after a while.

Next brew is going to be a lightly hopped beer so I can see how it works without dealing with so much hop trub.
 

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1st night went pretty well. Only little issue was I got tiny grain bits in the wort/boil; kettle. I used to Vorlauf into a pitcher 1st running to avoid this. Any idea what I was doing wrong? Still working on how to sparge properly with the brewzilla (used to batch sparging). Maybe I had the sparge water running too fast?
 
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1st night went pretty well. Only little issue was I got tiny grain bits in the wort/boil; kettle. I used to Vorlauf into a pitcher 1st running to avoid this. Any idea what I was doing wrong? Still working on how to sparge properly with the brewzilla (used to batch sparging). Maybe I had the sparge water running too fast?
I try to keep the grain out of the boil kettle by avoiding overflows during the mash. This works for me, others in this thread don’t worry about it like I do. I also use the fine mesh screen on the malt pipe bottom, some people don’t use that. Even so, the wort in the boil kettle will have some amount of matter floating about, this will settle to the bottom of the fermenter.
 

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I try to keep the grain out of the boil kettle by avoiding overflows during the mash. This works for me, others in this thread don’t worry about it like I do. I also use the fine mesh screen on the malt pipe bottom, some people don’t use that.
Mine came with 2 of the fine mesh screens. I use both of them in the malt pipe.
 

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Mine came with 2 of the fine mesh screens. I use both of them in the malt pipe.
Mine didn't come with that screen. I heard guys on YouTube talk about it and how they never use it. Not sure why mine didn't come with one. I'll email them I guess.

Anyways, does anyone know of a video that shows a proper fly sparge using this thing? Almost all the videos they seem to skip/not focus on the fly sparging. Kind of mind boggling. Maybe cause I'm old school.
 

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Mine didn't come with that screen. I heard guys on YouTube talk about it and how they never use it. Not sure why mine didn't come with one. I'll email them I guess.

Anyways, does anyone know of a video that shows a proper fly sparge using this thing? Almost all the videos they seem to skip/not focus on the fly sparging. Kind of mind boggling. Maybe cause I'm old school.
There was some discussion on sparging earlier in this thread. What I do, I wouldn't exactly call fly sparging. When I pull up the basket, the mash drains slowly. There is a pool of water on top. I just keep adding water, heated to 170*, to that pool on top of the grain until I get the boil volume that is desired.
 

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EDIT: just saw above video. Sorry ignore my post. Can't figure out how to delete on mobile.

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There was some discussion on sparging earlier in this thread. What I do, I wouldn't exactly call fly sparging. When I pull up the basket, the mash drains slowly. There is a pool of water on top. I just keep adding water, heated to 170*, to that pool on top of the grain until I get the boil volume that is desired.
Thanks. I figured the top lid/screen helps "spread" the water evenly around the grain bed as you sparge. You lay the lid/screen on top of the mash before you lift it up? Correct? Do you keep a layer of water above the grain bed and lid?
 

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Regarding the top screen I used to put it in after about 15 minutes of mashing and then keep the water recirculating so that it is just covered. I tend to find that the flow from the pump needs to be quite slow at first and then speeds up towards the end of the mash. Too fast at the start and it just empties the bottom and leaves the lower part nearly empty which isn't good. Then when I lift the malt pipe after mash out I sparge onto the mesh screen trying to keep say a cm or half inch of sparge on it. If it's covered like this it's all hopefully going down evenly to sparge the grains. However sometimes it does seem to run through very fast.

I suppose the lid/screen helps to spread out the force of the sparge water so it doesn't just jet in one place and channel down. A gentle sprinkling matching outflow with inflow is what I want but rarely achieve.
 

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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 basket during the boil and took it out to add the immersion chiller. At any rate, I am happy with both these additions to my Robobrew.
 
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