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bill vizzachero (208.59.99.1)
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 - 06:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use a cyclindrical 5 gal. cooler for mashing with a Phil's false bottom. The runoff exits through 3/8 clear plastic tubing with a roller clamp. I'm constantly adjusting the roller clamp to get the flow just right. Does any one have any ideas to modify this.
thanks
 

Connie (12.92.211.225)
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 - 06:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

install a bulkhead fitting with a ball valve, works great
 

davidw (65.196.221.167)
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is what you need. I screwed around with a 3/8" homemade setup in my ten gallon cooler until I realized the futility of it. This will make your life much easier. NAYY.
 

Tom Gardner (162.119.240.100)
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 - 06:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

the Bazooka screen works well in my 5 and 10 gal Gotts. NAJASCYY
 

Patrick C. (204.176.16.97)
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 - 07:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Or you could batch sparge. No need to futz with the clamp to get a precise flow rate. If you don't want to batch sparge, you could "semi-batch" sparge, which is what I do. After I recirculate a couple of quarts, I start the runoff as usual. I then add sparge water until the cooler is full. Let it continue to run off, and when it gets down to half full or so add more sparge water.
 

Connie (12.92.214.39)
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2003 - 01:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

this may help,

http://www.ingermann.com/brewing.html
click on mashtun
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2003 - 03:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Or, if you want the simple approach, do what I do. I have a 5-gallon bucket with a phalse bottom and the same roller clamp. I gave up trying to regulate flow with the clamp long ago.

Instead, when I start sparging, I hold the pan collecting the runoff to a level where the tubing outlet is just below the level of the fluid level of the mash. This causes very slow runoff. After receirculating a few quarts this way, the filter bed will set, the runoff will clear, and will slow down on its own. At that point I stick the tubing outlet and don't care about it anymore. Then I fly sparge. I get 70 to 85% efficiency.

If you let 'er rip at the beginning, as I'm sure you have found up, the grains will settle and you'll have a stuck sparge. By taking 5-10 minutes to slowly get started, you can get complete lautering and sparging in 45-60 minutes with no worries.
 

bill vizzachero (208.59.96.28)
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2003 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

thanks for the info guys. It really helps. I do like the bulkhead fitting idea using the stainless steel type washing machine tubing and cutting the ends off. This would eliminate the Phils product all together. There was a detailed picture on this website a few weeks ago so if any one knows where it is, I would appreciate it. Connie, thanks for the exploded picture from the brewrats/ingerman site. This bulkhead with the stainless washing machine tubing is what I want to make.
 

Greg Nolan (207.221.39.77)
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2003 - 01:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I started with a ball valve and rigged bulhead out of stuff laying around the garage. However, I was tired of stuck mashes so I went with 1/2 inch solid copper tubing on the inside and using a 90 degree elbow dropped the 1/2 inch copper into the center of stainless false bottom purchased from BBB. i did not solder any of this together. I just depend on a good fit. I also went with 3/8 inch copper on the outside. It is great! I have not had a stuck mash since and i can go as slow or fast as I want.

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