- Apr 17, 2020
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Yes, Andrew. A splatter guard would probably work. Or a fine mesh strainer, and either would probably cost less than a second sparge plate.
Yes, I did that. I found that some of them were quite flat so I went around them all with a flat ended screwdriver and opened them up slightly. It did help.... enlarge the slots on it using a screwdriver or something.
Gone...haha. It was really nice...made a few brews now and finding it really good. Only thing I don't like is the ring that the grain basket sits on when lautering and sparging....mine is not attached so care is needed when lifting the basket, also i find that the rests on the side of the basket only just rest on the ring so it takes a bit of manouvering. Might need to adjust the ring somehow so the legs sit on more securely..I guess it must be ready now, how is it?
Hi, I think the ring is designed to to be removed for cleaningGone...haha. It was really nice...made a few brews now and finding it really good. Only thing I don't like is the ring that the grain basket sits on when lautering and sparging....mine is not attached so care is needed when lifting the basket, also i find that the rests on the side of the basket only just rest on the ring so it takes a bit of manouvering. Might need to adjust the ring somehow so the legs sit on more securely..
As mentioned earlier in the thread, I have not used the bazooka since the first brew. I have only got a clogged pump once in the 9 subsequent brews, which was when I used whole hops commando. I was asking for trouble, wasn’t I?So did another brew yesterday...had a problem with recirculating during mashing....ie I couldn't...think it was a clogged bazooka from the grain crush ( even had rice hulls in, and it wasn't a massive grain bill either) there was a lot more crud by the time everything was done....do people bother with the bazooka? If not is there a risk of materials damaging the pump?...Was thinking of putting a splatter guard on the bottom of the the basket but worried in case this will clog....any thought?
There was no problem sparging and the OG was 1.058...anyway its in the FV and away!
After doughing in, I vorlaufed about 6 litres, inserted the sparge plate, then placed the splatter guard on top of the malt pipe. After 20 minutes of recirculating this is what it looked like:Looks good, keep us posted
With the same weight of grain, water volumes, mashing time, temperatures and boil, I got 1.052 last time. However the make-up of my grain bill was slightly different, with some of it from a different supplier, so that might explain the difference. Not a huge fall, by any means, but worth noting.Interesting, what og were you hoping to get, I wouldn't have thought that that amount of grain you removed would have changed it by more than 1 or 2 Points at the most.
Where do you live, Andrew? I’m in London (usually one of the warmest places in the UK), and we’re forecast to have sub-22 deg C temperatures until Sunday. Hence my brew just done. Fermentation takes place in the spare (North facing) bedroom with the door and blinds closed. If the room’s temp starts to edge up towards 22 then I open a window or two at night to bring it back down.Cool, sounds like it worked OK, I think I'll give it a try for my next brew and increase the slot sizes on the sparge plate. Might be a few weeks though due to the high ambient temps at the minute