Archive for June, 2012

Final Thoughts on the New Rig

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Having now completed a whopping two brews on the Black Mamba, I have to say, I am thrilled at how well this turned out. There are a few tidbits that I need to still iron out. The false bottom still allows for some grain to get through when transferring. I plan to use a small piece of stainless braid around the dip tube to get rid of that issue. And while I figured out a clever way to keep my sight gauge from spewing boiling hot wort into the air, it’s not a terribly sexy solution (see below).

Turns out standard painters tape does the job

Other than that, I have no complaints. The heat exchanger turns out to be rather easy to clean and maintain by simply back flushing with Star San, then running a bit of boiling water through it before use. Getting the flow right on the sparge arm actually is pretty easy as well. The Loc Line was definitely the right coice for that job. It’s incredibly easy to pop on and off for cleaning and gets right out of the way when I’m stirring the mash in. After a few false starts with the pumps, I seem to have those figured out as well, though they still give me a fit every once in a while.

My brew day clocked in at just over 4 hours again, so I’m guessing that’s where it will stay. That alone makes the whole adventure of building this thing worth the effort. I’m still compiling my actual parts list, which differed a bit from what I thought I’d be doing originally, but once I get that together, I’ll publish it out. Until then, happy brewing everyone!

Sparge action!