I was analyzing your setup and how you manipulate the hoses - I came up with the attached hose-schedule. Except for one thing - there's no IN on the boil kettle - only an OUT - I'm guessing you fill the BK from the bottom up (using the outlet as an inlet). Yes?
The reason for my confusing diagram is that my goal is automation - how can I eliminate the hose changes with pilot-operated solenoid valves? Two-way valves in some cases. I probably can't improve upon your well-thought out design, but durn it, I'm an engineer, so I have to try!
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Link Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:03 pm Post subject:
Crush is correct.
You could fill it from the bottom too... maybe I'll try that next time.
One thing about filling from the bottom is to make sure to never turn off the pump pushing into the BK without first closing the pump valve - otherwise you'll get a bunch of wort (backflow) going back into the MLT.
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