To get started in MANUAL mode I'm going to run you through it as if we were performing a single infusion mash process for brewing beer.
Plug in your AIO unit somewhere where you don't think you'll be moving it from. I prefer somewhere lower as you'll eventually be lifting the basket and sparging/rinsing your grain.
From this first screen I'm going to assume you've read everything above and have your TEMPerature calibrated.
-Set your TEMP, POWER, and TIMER
Remember you'll be adding grain so set your Temp for higher than your desired mash temperature.
A simple mash is typically done around 152f for 60-90 mins.
-Set your power to 1800w
-Set your TIMER to your desired Mash session length (60min for this)
-Set your TEMP (I use a lot of malt so i tend to get my strike water into the lower 170f's before adding my grain and I typically fall very close to 152f.
Once you reach your desired strike water temperature, press MANUAL/PAUSE to pause the system so you can add your grain.
(Don't worry if your numbers don't fall exactly where they need to be. The grain is separated from the heating element and the unit keeps your TEMP stable throughout the mash with the aid of the recirculation arm.
At this point
- Turn your power down to 900w
- Turn your Temp down to 152f
- Reset your timer if it started counting down.
With those parameters all set, go ahead and press the button START/STOP.
If everything was done correctly you'll see the letter H flashing in the upper left hand corner. This indicates that the unit is heating the contents to your set TEMP and once it reaches that TEMP the TIMER will begin counting down and the unit will turn on the heating element as necessary to maintain your TEMP over the duration of the mash or boil.
Once you are satisfied that your mash session is complete, turn off the pump and give it a few seconds to drain back before closing the arm valve and removing the recirculation arm.
Find your grain basket handle and affix the notches into the holes on the side of the basket.
Carefully lift the basket and the contents above the unit and rest the four feet of the basket onto the small bars at the top of the unit.
The basket should comfortably rest on those bars, if it wobbles make sure all 4 feet are resting on the bars.
From here it is your choice to batch sparge or fly sparge.
You should have already heated your sparge water to around 168f-170f in another vessel while your AIO was mashing.
Sparge your mashed grains until you've collected the desired amount of wort.
-POWER back to 1800w
-TEMP to Boiling 212f
-TIMER back to your desired brew session length.
The unit will begin counting down once it has reached boiling temperature and you may enjoy your brew session.
If your wort is not boiling and the unit reads "Boiling" with the timer counting down: recalibrate your temperature, reset your time and try again.
Use your provided Hop Spider Basket when adding hop additions.
This helps to keep your pump from plugging up with hops if you choose to do a whirlpool after the boil.
At the end of your brew session, chill using the provided wort chiller which can be connected to either a pump with a cold water source or to a Delta Brewing Systems Glycol Chiller.
You can also use any variety of wort chiller you'd commonly find at a local brewing supply shop.
When ready, collect your treasure from the ball valve on the side of the unit between the pump arm and the user interface.
Use the valve handle to control the flow from the valve.
The unit comes with a bazooka screen to use that threads on to the internal side of the valve. The screen is optional to use and can definitely aid in the clarity of your beer by filtering out hop particles and trub.
I just don't suggest using the filter screen when brewing hoppy beers as even my larger Bazooka screen will plug up with hops very quickly.