Ended up with a blocked pump when trying to recirculate after chilling to 80° but a good blow down the tube with the pump turned off sorted it out.How did the rest of it go?
Good to hear, how were you brewing before the Brewzilla?Certainly enjoyed it as the built in pump, temp control and clean up time all add to an extremely versatile system.
Good to hear, how were you brewing before the Brewzilla?
Have brewed in various methods from stovetop, BIAB, kits, infusion to RIMS which I still have consisting of a 3 vessel system which are Burco cygnet 30l boiler, a Swan 20l boiler with a 10 meter copper coil insert fitted and a 52l coolbox which I had made a new copper manifold for and it works fantastic except it has a larger footprint and takes a bit more time to clean up but is great for big grain bills and double brewdays.
The 20l boiler I also fitted a voltage regulator so as to maintain temp with more accuracy.
Whilst brewing last night I mentioned to the missus that I was thinking about selling it to make more room but was a bit hesitant and her reply was don't as you will always have it if you need it... So that answered my question.
That was my intention when I recommenced brewing with all extract this year, bought a 50 litre stockpot to make the wort with the intention of buying the picnic cooler etc to make it a 3 vessel system as I progressed. Anyway a change of heart and decided an all in one was less hassle after using this forum and loads of internet searches. We’ll see how it goes3 vessel system
All in one are great but I really enjoyed putting my other system together and getting great results and yes over time it has cost more to put together but the satisfaction you get you can't just buy.That was my intention when I recommenced brewing with all extract this year, bought a 50 litre stockpot to make the wort with the intention of buying the picnic cooler etc to make it a 3 vessel system as I progressed. Anyway a change of heart and decided an all in one was less hassle after using this forum and loads of internet searches. We’ll see how it goes
The same malt I've used before on my own system but have no issue getting the grain bed set and clearing. With the BrewZilla the malt is too fine and filtering through but shall work it out.Funny that, I too have been experiencing problems with clearing and had been blaming the malt.
I did the first time but no call for it as long as keep your flow steady and an inch above the grain unless your intent on having a large grain bill is the only need I would find for its use.Think I'm going to use both screens in the bottom of the malt pipe for the first brew.
Did you make use of the top screen in the malt pipe during the mash?
Could you expand or point me in a direction to learn about Mash volume & efficiency and what it means?Don't let efficiency get in the way of how you want to brew
Using a regular grain to liquor ratio as opposed to full volume mash, both produce the same starch conversion. What makes the efficiency difference is the sparge, the least sparge water used the lower the efficiency. To sparge correctly would take a minimum of 1 hour, over sparging or sparging too quickly the more polyphenols ending up in the wort.Could you expand or point me in a direction to learn about Mash volume & efficiency and what it means?
Ive seen on the "cellar dwellers" youtube he seems reluctant to add enough water.
Ive wondered why you dont just add more water to make it a much more loose consistency rather than the porridge which looks like a lot of hard work.
Ive done 2 brews on mine. First grain bill of 6.4Kg second 5.2Kg. I used approx 20litres of water both. Felt what I would say is a nice consistency but without really knowing what Im doing!
Im guessing you get less output from your grain if you have too much water in your mash? I dont really see why that would be though?
Thanks in advance for any light shed on this subject.