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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby Kit_B » Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:18 am

When you remove the spent grain, is there a different amount of sludge than you're used to, on top?
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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby wobdee » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:38 am

Kit_B wrote:When you remove the spent grain, is there a different amount of sludge than you're used to, on top?

I've only done two batches so far in the BM and I fished out the grains in both before the boil. Both batches had less hot break than my previous system by a long shot. I wonder if maybe it's just a less intense ramp up to the boil? The BM max watt is 2000, my previous induction burner I had set to 3500w to reach boil. Then there's also the difference of the heating elements inside the kettle of the BM verses the direct heat underneath the kettle of my induction burner. Could be just two different animals acting differently?
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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby Kit_B » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:59 am

wobdee wrote:
Kit_B wrote:When you remove the spent grain, is there a different amount of sludge than you're used to, on top?

I've only done two batches so far in the BM and I fished out the grains in both before the boil. Both batches had less hot break than my previous system by a long shot. I wonder if maybe it's just a less intense ramp up to the boil? The BM max watt is 2000, my previous induction burner I had set to 3500w to reach boil. Then there's also the difference of the heating elements inside the kettle of the BM verses the direct heat underneath the kettle of my induction burner. Could be just two different animals acting differently?


Some of us have noticed that with certain mash schedules, there is more sludge on top of the grain & less protein in the boil.
I'm interested to know whether this is what you're seeing.
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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby wobdee » Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:33 pm

Kit_B wrote:
wobdee wrote:
Kit_B wrote:When you remove the spent grain, is there a different amount of sludge than you're used to, on top?

I've only done two batches so far in the BM and I fished out the grains in both before the boil. Both batches had less hot break than my previous system by a long shot. I wonder if maybe it's just a less intense ramp up to the boil? The BM max watt is 2000, my previous induction burner I had set to 3500w to reach boil. Then there's also the difference of the heating elements inside the kettle of the BM verses the direct heat underneath the kettle of my induction burner. Could be just two different animals acting differently?


Some of us have noticed that with certain mash schedules, there is more sludge on top of the grain & less protein in the boil.
I'm interested to know whether this is what you're seeing.


I'll have to check that, I really didn't look too hard at the grains and there is a screen on top of the mash so I'd have to check it before I dump the grains.
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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby wobdee » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:02 pm

After a few brews with this system I decided to modify the malt pipe so I could cut down the amount of mash water and boil less than 2 hours.

I drilled 8 ea 1/2" holes 3 1/2" down from the top. It works but the waterfall effect makes it very noisy, too much splashing. Fixed that with a piece of tubing wrapped around just under the holes. Nice and quiet now.
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Re: Speidel Braumeister

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Re: Speidel Braumeister

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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby wobdee » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:27 am

Drilled 8 more holes for better flow and less splashing. Then I was thinking of incorporating a paint strainer bag to catch any loose grains that sneak by the screens and get sucked into the pump. Did a little test with some old mystery malt I had and at first I tried the bag without the fine mesh screens. I cut a small slit in the bottom of the bag, placed it over the center rod followed by the lower false bottom plate. Then I added the grain followed by the top plate. At first it looked like it would work but after about 10 min too much grains were getting by that top plate without the fine screen and the bag started to clog around the malt pipe holes impeeding the flow. I shut her down, pulled the malt pipe, removed the bag and started over with the fine mesh screens. No problems encountered running it this way so I'll stick to this method for future brews.

All in all I'm pretty pleased as this will allow me to brew 3 gal batches without having to boil 2 hours to reduce the wort to the volume I need. I'll also mash with less water and not have to worry about exposing the heating elements.
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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby wobdee » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:33 am

I could of just bought the short malt pipe for the 20l BM but what's the fun in that when I can drill holes and modify what I got. Besides I think the short malt pipe may be a bit too small from what I've researched and I'll be able to mash a little more grains in mine.
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Re: Speidel Braumeister

Postby Bryan R » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:38 am

Nice work Todd!

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