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need help..

Unread postby redwing_al » Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:48 pm

okay today I had problems.. First, a huge problem with wort fountain.. finally made it past the mash by babysittig, but got through it. Has to sit there with a skimmer for 1/2hr skimming all of the grains... what a mess... I ramped up to boil and am not waiting for it to get to boil.. thought I'd run the pump and it wont work.. so apparently my pump is clogged.

Anyone have either of these problems and how did your remedy it? I'm so disappointed that I had the fountains, I hope this isnt' a regular thing...
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Re: need help..

Unread postby Dicko » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:37 pm

The grain crush is extremely important.

Is your crush set at 1.2mm or close to it.

If you actually got bits of grain in the wort then your top screen may not have been installed correctly.
If you have the metal wire screen it needs to be under the top perforated plate and the plates must be flat against each other.
Sometimes if you lift the the plate to stir the grain you can get some grain stuck between the two and that will provide a path for the grain to escape into the wort.

I fixed mine by bolting the wire screen to the top plate then I can lift the plate to stir withoud battling with the screen to get it sitting properly again.

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Unread postby Dicko » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:34 pm

I just had a thought that if you lifted the malt pipe up until it is clear of the centre rod then sparged from that position, you may have washed some grains out the hole in the bottom screen.

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Unread postby Luis Coentrao » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:53 pm

Dicko,

What kind of material is the black ring around the plate made of! Silicone?
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Re: need help..

Unread postby redwing_al » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:27 am

Luis Coentrao wrote:Dicko,

What kind of material is the black ring around the plate made of! Silicone?


+2 on what you have around your screens
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Keg 4:
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Unread postby stevodevo » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:14 am

Dicko wrote:
I fixed mine by bolting the wire screen to the top plate then I can lift the plate to stir withoud battling with the screen to get it sitting properly again.



That's simple but brilliant. Not sure I'm ready to go hacking my BM just yet, but that will be on the cards for sure. I've thought I'll try giving the grain a stir during the mash (when I get a chance to actually use my BM), but it occurred to me it might be easier said than done getting the mesh screen out easily. Perfect solution.
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Unread postby Dicko » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:43 am

Here is the link to the post on how I did this modification.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=175&start=15

The seal that I use is a silicon rubber channel that I bought from a specialist rubber place in Adelaide.

"Fitch the Rubber Man"

Before I found this rubber I just got a length of that thin walled clear silicon hose and pinned it to a piece of wood and then got a knife and slit it from end to end in a straight line, trimmed its length to the diameter of the plate and used that....it worked fine.

There was a Speidel dealer in Aus who did supply this rubber with any BM that he sold, however he is no longer in business.

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Unread postby Dicko » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:47 am

redwing_al wrote:okay today I had problems.. First, a huge problem with wort fountain.. finally made it past the mash by babysittig, but got through it. Has to sit there with a skimmer for 1/2hr skimming all of the grains... what a mess... I ramped up to boil and am not waiting for it to get to boil.. thought I'd run the pump and it wont work.. so apparently my pump is clogged.

Anyone have either of these problems and how did your remedy it? I'm so disappointed that I had the fountains, I hope this isnt' a regular thing...


So redwing_al,

have you come to any conclusion as to what caused your problematic brewday?

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Unread postby Erick » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:41 am

Your pump will never work during the boil. It would get destroyed in the process. It's made to shutdown at 88 degrees.
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Unread postby jdykes » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:44 pm

Redwing,

There was some discussion of this on homebrewtalk some time ago. A few folks were having wort spouts during the mash cycle. After much discussion, they seemed to nail down that too fine a crush was not good - and if folks ground too finely, they'd almost always get a fountain. I was aware of the issue before I bought the Braumeister, so I set my BarleyCrusher a bit coarser than normal. I can measure it if you want, but as the poster above says, 1.2mm sounds about right. Off the top of my head, I'll say I've done 20 brews in the Braumeister - including packing in a good 6.5+ kilos of grain - and never had a wink of a problem.

It's the crush - I'd bet you anything....

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Unread postby redwing_al » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:53 pm

I have to guess that it was too fine of a milled grain. The LHBS I frequent usually has it set to perfection, but that must have been it. I guess I need to give it another go, right, see how it goes?! :D
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