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Old 08-23-2011, 07:44 PM   #11
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Theyre not all bad. This is my favorite swimming hole taken with my HTC phone.

That looks remarkably like the Youngs River Falls in Astoria.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:16 AM   #12
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That looks remarkably like the Youngs River Falls in Astoria.
White River Falls a bit to the East of Tygh Valley OR. Much warmer and sunnier than Astoria, OR.

You know what they say about Astoria. They might as well call it Toria 'cause theres no Ass there.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:45 AM   #13
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has anyone heard an update for when the tower of power is going to be available?
A friend asked John Blichmann a question about their top tier system and at the end of the email he commented the temperature controller would be coming out in "another couple of months"
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:04 PM   #14
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It's on their website now. http://www.blichmannengineering.com/TOWER_of_POWER/TOWER_of_POWER.html

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:18 PM   #15
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cool. any chance there will be something larger than thumbnail size to view?

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Old 08-30-2011, 07:27 PM   #16
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It refers to the system as a RIMS system, but wouldn't it be more accurate to call it a direct fire system?

Also, why would you want a controller for the HLT? Maybe for automated fly sparging or something?
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:37 PM   #17
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I don't get it, what is it for? I see what looks like PIDs at the top? Someone shed some light please!

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Old 08-30-2011, 07:51 PM   #18
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I "assume" the controller is similar to the Gas control for dummies thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/gas-temperature-control-dummies-116632/ which would mean it turns the burner on and off at the set point. If that is true, it would be awesome because I wanted to automate my direct fire mash, but I don't want to have to learn how to build one. The stand looks like it has a flow meter on it with a low flow adjustable sensor. It’s probably just a way to see how fast your recirc or your sparge flow is and alert you to a stuck or slow recirculation so you don't scorch your mash. I'm interested to see it in action for the offical run down on how it works!

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Old 08-30-2011, 08:08 PM   #19
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Where's the horn section?

Blichmann knocking the competitions "The refrigeration thermistors and even industrial thermocouples our competitors use will only get you to within a couple degrees at best" is a bogus claim at best. Auber PID/RTD combo will get you accuracy to tenths of a degree for not a lot of $$$.

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Old 08-30-2011, 08:40 PM   #20
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Yes, it turns the gas burner to the mash tun on and off based on mash temperature and also controls a pump to recirculate the mash (purely to prevent scorching and filter through the grainbed, since the pump is not pumping through a RIMS tube or HERMS coil).

I'm still stumped on why they have a separate controller for the HLT though, unless someone wants to do an automated fly sparge, but that would be more trouble than it's worth IMO.

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