Author Topic: Lauter tun vs. mash tun equipment settings  (Read 7602 times)

Offline BeerPal

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Lauter tun vs. mash tun equipment settings
« on: April 22, 2011, 07:20:51 AM »
OK, maybe this is a stupid question, but what is the difference between a mash tun and a lauter tun? Do I need to do anything to my "Lautering and Top Up to Boiler" settings in "Equipment" if I'm using a Coleman Xtreme cooler mash tun? Thanks.
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Offline DaveinPa

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Re: Lauter tun vs. mash tun equipment settings
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011, 03:21:53 PM »
As far as the home brewer is concerned they are the same thing.  Breweries often use separate vessels so they can lauter the first batch at the same time they are mashing the next batch.

Lauter Tun Deadspace - The amount of deadspace in the lauter tun, usually below the lautering screen.  Represents the amount of water that will be lost when lautering grains.

Top Up Water for Kettle - The amount of water you intend to add to the boil kettle before boiling to achieve the full boil volume.

You can get this info in Beersmith by pressing the help button on any input screen and scrolling through the info.
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Offline BeerPal

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Re: Lauter tun vs. mash tun equipment settings
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 09:39:20 PM »
We'll I'm still a little confused. I use a cooler with a Bazooka Screen. I leave behind very little. What should my Deadspace be?
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Offline DaveinPa

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Re: Lauter tun vs. mash tun equipment settings
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2011, 08:30:31 AM »
I use a stainless mesh hose cover and don't lose much either - I set it at 1 qt of dead space because the drain valve is not at the very bottom on my Igloo.  I don't think it's that critical though.  If you find you are coming up short and having to add water to get to your pre-boil volume, just increase by what you are having to add.

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Re: Lauter tun vs. mash tun equipment settings
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2011, 08:46:19 AM »
OK. Thanks for the good info.
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