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Software Engineer. All-grain brewer for over 7 years. Certified BJCP Judge. Member San Luis Obispo Brewers (SLOBs) Local food enthusiast


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comment What are some popular methods for measuring boil and HLT volume?
@thebeav - no, you're not wrong. I don't think the expansion is quite 10%, Experimentally I see about 4-5% contraction. I also know how much loss I experience from my kettle to my fermenter in hoses, chillers etc. For my setup, I know if at the end of my boil I'm at 5.75 gallons on my 'stick', I end up with about 5 gallons finished wort in the fermenter. There is a good discussion of this at the aha forums:homebrewersassociation.org/forum/…
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comment What are some popular methods for measuring boil and HLT volume?
Nice, I like the idea of a copper pipe over the wooden dowel I use, which I have to replace periodically due to warping and other wear and tear.
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comment What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?
@thebeav. Yeah, I was just trying to make an example comparable to a typical propane burner setup. I'd probably be ok with 30 minutes myself. You can also start the heating as soon as the sparged wort runnoff is covering the element to reduce the 'perceived' time to boil. Another limiting factor is going to be available amperage at the breaker box to wire in the element.
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