Steven Edward Haun (126.96.36.199)
|Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - 03:32 am: ||
I recently made some upgrades to my brewery. I replaced my 1/2" braided vinyl hose with norprene hose so I could pump wort from boiling kettle to CFC. I also changed my mash tun drain from a double stainless hose mesh (draining to a "T") to a single stainless hose mesh. My thinking was two hose mesh drains was overkill (sorry elk!) I had a maiden voyage on sunday when I brewed 2 10 gallon batches of altbier. I use a march pump to move wort from MT to kettle (batch sparge) and from kettle to CFC and fermenter. First batch went well. On the second batch I had a stuck sparge! My first ever. I may have been too aggressive opening my valve during the sparge but I also wonder if the reduction in surface area of the stainless hose mesh made a stuck sparge more likely. Any thoughts from the collective?
I found the norprene hose to be a PITA because I couldn't tell when the MT was empty. How do other norprene users deal with this issue?