Every homebrew wants a sparging system with a "set-it-and-forget-it" design? The elegantly simple construction of Blichmann Engineering's AutoSparge™ automatically sets the hot liquor flow rate and liquid level in your mash tun. As you change the sparge rate into your boil kettle, the AutoSparge™ automatically responds by increasing or decreasing hot liquor flow to compensate and keeps a constant level in your mash tun.
Newly redesigned - 100% stainless steel, improved o-ring mounting and 1/2" NPT thread.
The AutoSparge™ level and flow control system is an awesome accessory for RIMS systems, and it also works great with gravity systems or with pumps! Wort gently rotates on top of the grain bed to reduce channeling and oxygen pick-up, and to increase extraction efficiency. With a constant hot liquor level over your grain bed, complicated rotating sparge arms are unnecessary!Stainless steel float ball, float arm, and valve body!
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The threaded portion of the AutoSparge™ is not long enough to fit through a 1-2" deep cooler wall, so you will need to use a 2" hole saw for clearance for your hose connection and a smaller hole for mounting the AutoSparge™. To do this, drill a 1/4" pilot hole all the way through the cooler at the desired location. Then, slowly and carefully saw through the outside layer of the cooler. Be careful that you do not accidentally drill all the way through it. Remove the outer cut-out and foam insulation inside the hole. Then, drill the 13/16" mounting hole through the inside wall of the cooler with a step drill. Here are a few shots of the installation in a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler:
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