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is based loosely on a cross between "The Powers Home Brewery" a Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System
or HERMS for short. And the Sabco's Brew Magic System a Recirculating Infusion Mash System or RIMS
being told by my wife that I was taking up to much space and to many rooms with my brewing hobby,I knew it was time to dedicate
my "man cave" room to brewing. I was impressed with Power's solution and set out to replicate it. As I was going
through the project I became more and more impressed with Sabco's Brew Magic sysetem which is a RIMS. Sabco's RIMS
solution was created for maximum repeatablility a definte goal of mine. Under it's original configuration,
the Power's brewery didn't work well as a RIMS simply because it uses the HLT as the heat sorce for maintaining the Mash
tun temperature. When trying to run the system as a RIMS temperature fluctuations were to great and didn't allow
you to dial in on a specific temperature very easily. The solution was to put another small extra low watt hot
water heater element in the system in the wort flow stream just like Sabco does. Carmelization could possibly occur
if the flow rate of the wort is to slow and the wort in contact with the element is heated to quickly. My solution
was to mount the element in a slightly larger reservior to allow for a quick flow rate and allow for a larger volume
of wort to make contact in the heating chamber. I also move the temperature probe and went from a Ranco Temperature
switched contorler, to a PID controler where I could dial back the voltage being applied to the heater element. The
chamber is simply a small section of stainless steel 1.25"? in diameter which is on the left rear
of the system. The system is different enough that I call it the "EMF Home Brew system". Although the system
is still being fine tuned I consider the project a success. The system is set up to brew 5-10 gallon batches with 10
gallons being the ultimate goal. For any specifics feel free to contact me.
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All of the vinyl tubing,
Brass (pickled), and Stainless fittings are 1/2" ID. A magnetic drive high temperature "March" pump is used to constantly
circulate the mash water. This circulation uses the grain bed as a filter which aids in eficency and clarifing
the beer even before the boil. The water his heated by 2 115V electricwater heater elements. One is in the Lauter
tun to do strike water heating and heating of the Sparge water. The other is in the recirculating line housed
in a small section of stainless steel pipe.
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Wichita 1st place Strong Belgium Ale 18D, Highest score(45 out of 50) of any beers entered