What's the birthday fairy brought me?

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What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby Mr Squiffy » Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:03

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Ooh what could it be?
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Shiny Mash Tun
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With Sparge Arm - thankyou Squiffy
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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby blinky » Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:06

Very nice and shiny! How do you use the sparge arm?
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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby graysalchemy » Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:37

blinky wrote:Very nice and shiny! How do you use the sparge arm?


I would say attach it to your hlt either using gravity or a pump. It could also be used with a HERMS or just with a pump to recirculate the mash as well.

Nice piece of kit.

Hoppy birfday.

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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby Mr Squiffy » Sat Nov 07, 2015 18:22

graysalchemy wrote:
blinky wrote:Very nice and shiny! How do you use the sparge arm?


I would say attach it to your hlt either using gravity or a pump. It could also be used with a HERMS or just with a pump to recirculate the mash as well.

Nice piece of kit.

Hoppy birfday.

Cheers guys, I'm going to pump it, you can gravity feed but it suggests a 2.5 foot height difference to have a suitable flow, the kettle would need to be too high.

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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby boab44stout » Wed Dec 09, 2015 21:18

Been looking at these for a while now let me know how you get on with it. Great birthday present
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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby Mr Squiffy » Thu Dec 10, 2015 13:39

Done one brew with it so far and it worked very well. As it says in the literature it is aimed at brewers who want to upgrade from a cooler mash tun, that is me, I have used up to now a Coleman cooler which also worked well. It held mash temperature as well as my cooler, losing less than 1°C over the hour, although my cooler was also wrapped up in many towels. The main advantage that this one has, other than it being shiny 8-) , is that MM includes the sparge arm which means I won't batch sparge any more. The one disadvantage for me is that to feed the sparge arm I decided I needed to pump it which meant ordering disconnects, pump, etc, although it is another little step towards looking more professional :whistle:
One other comment to make is that the one brew I have done so far produced the clearest wort (post boil) I have ever had in 44 brews, but, I did use a Protofloc tablet instead of Irish Moss for the first time too, may have been that :?: .

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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby Dads Ale » Thu Dec 10, 2015 14:30

On my wanted list for the new year. Have bought the sparge pump already in anticipation.
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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby bochgoch » Thu Dec 10, 2015 14:43

Lucky Squiffy!

I got one a couple of months ago and haven't looked back.

You're right about the sparge, it can be gravity fed but needs a fair drop. My hlt is at head height - 6 ft ish - and works well with a drop to work top height. But much less than that is a dribble.

I find that the digital thermometer reads about 2 degrees lower than the mash is when taking a reading directly from the mash, that's easily adjusted for.

Oh and the feet fall off too easily...

It holds the heat excellently. Loses perhaps 1/2 to 1 degree over a 60-90 minute sparge. I tend to use the water from my chiller to clean the tun and last time left some luke warm water in overnight it was still warm 24+ hours later.

It's really well made and should provide many years of service - making all that SS worthwhile...
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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby boab44stout » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:20

Ow great write up I will have to save up to try and get this as my 38 litre thermopot sometimes is a we bit small when doing high gravity mashes how Muslim ch dead space are you getting if any
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Re: What's the birthday fairy brought me?

Postby Mr Squiffy » Fri Dec 11, 2015 13:44

boab44stout wrote:Ow great write up I will have to save up to try and get this as my 38 litre thermopot sometimes is a we bit small when doing high gravity mashes how Muslim ch dead space are you getting if any


There isn't really any dead space as it has a central drain.

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