First brew / Basic questions

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First brew / Basic questions

Unread postby redwing_al » Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:49 pm

Hi, currently running with my first brew. I have a 5.3K grain bill, mashing in with 25l of water. As the mash cycles being, the water that drips out of the malt piple is doing so very slow. Is this normal or should there be a more constant flow? I feel like my pump may be a little under powered, but then again, it may be working as intended.

Also, the fine mesh screen is flimsy, I am certain it's allowing grains through, what's the use? Why wouldn't Speidel figure that out? I know there are mods, but I wanted to run it as intended.

any comments, tricks or suggestions?
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Re: Fist Brew / basic questions

Unread postby zedd » Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:25 pm

The malt pipe's overflow should be slow and steady but a drip is too slow. Did you give it a test run with just water?
About the mesh screen, this will keep most of the smaller particles down but some will always escape. Don't worry about it as long as it doesn't get to much you're good.
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Re: Fist Brew / basic questions

Unread postby redwing_al » Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:26 pm

zedd wrote:The malt pipe's overflow should be slow and steady but a drip is too slow. Did you give it a test run with just water?
About the mesh screen, this will keep most of the smaller particles down but some will always escape. Don't worry about it as long as it doesn't get to much you're good.


yup, been monitoring.. all seems to be well - except for my mash schedule mess up...
Eagle & Schmitt Brewing
Keg 1:
Keg 2:
Keg 3:
Keg 4:
FastFermenting Vessel 1: ~
FastFermenting Vessel 2: ~
Next Up: Don't Wheaty, Be Hoppy (Wheat IPA)

Total BM Brews: 10
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Re: Fist Brew / basic questions

Unread postby zedd » Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:32 pm

That sounds like an interesting story...?
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Re: Fist Brew / basic questions

Unread postby redwing_al » Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:34 pm

zedd wrote:That sounds like an interesting story...?


I may need to flip to manual mode... entered wrong times...
Eagle & Schmitt Brewing
Keg 1:
Keg 2:
Keg 3:
Keg 4:
FastFermenting Vessel 1: ~
FastFermenting Vessel 2: ~
Next Up: Don't Wheaty, Be Hoppy (Wheat IPA)

Total BM Brews: 10
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Re: Fist Brew / basic questions

Unread postby Beerkench » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:35 pm

You can abort the mash and reset the times.
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Re: Fist Brew / basic questions

Unread postby dinnerstick » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:49 pm

dripping out sounds way too slow, i would check some videos on youtube to see how it should look, more like a fast trickle than a drip. one example, around the 6:30 mark on the video, that looks about right, could be a bit slower and i'd still say it's fine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqA4d605XcQ
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