The insulation jacket will have a positive effect on your energy usage as it prevents heat loss. We recommend using the jacket if brewing outside or in a cold room.
No, the standard silicone tubes are not designed to withstand the tap water pressure. Use reinforced hoses where water pressure is present. Typically that would be:
- Water into steam condenser
- Water into counterflow cooler
The system is designed to be able to limit the average power output to allow usage on lower current circuits. Check out the section about limiting the power output in the user manual.
The max current settings are on the conservative side. I a lot of situations, the max current setting can be set higher than the circuit breaker says without causing a problem. Make sure to test it out prior to a brewing session to avoid tripping the fuse while brewing.
The maximum grain capacity is found in the specifications and on the product page on our website. Pushing the capacity limits will lower your mash efficiency. Our recommendation is to do your own testing to find what works best for you. We do not recommend to test maximum grain bill on your first brew.
Using rice hulls and the correct crush grade is key. We recommend resting the mash (not circulating over the grain bed) the first 20 minutes of the mash process.
Remember that poor circulation through the grain bed is not a reason for panic attack, but it might make it more difficult to control the temperature in your grain bed. Consider whether you will be better off by circulating around the malt pipe with no flow over the grain bed and putting the lid on.
As a help during events of poor circulation, we have made an overflow pipe which we offer for our laser cut filters. Using this will reduce the chance of overfilling the malt pipe which migh lead to exposing the heating elements to air. If the heating elements get exposed they will scorch.
It is important that all the grains are wet and mixed well with the mash water. If you get a stuck mash, you should stir lightly, but stirring will generally reduce the clarity of the wort.
It is a good idea to check the nuts regularly. Also check the TC clamps under the main tank regularly.