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Old 04-11-2008, 02:15 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I have been poking around this site for a few weeks and have a question.

I am finishing up my homegrown 3-tier sculpture (thread to follow soon) and am thinking I will have to insulate my MLT to hold temps. Is there anyone that has used an insulation wrap for a water heater for this purpose? I think it will work well and it has an R factor of 11, so it will insulate great.

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My only worry is the fiberglass insulation material. I don't want that in my brew....but I think I will be able to contain it.

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Hi All,

I have been poking around this site for a few weeks and have a question.

I am finishing up my homegrown 3-tier sculpture (thread to follow soon) and am thinking I will have to insulate my MLT to hold temps. Is there anyone that has used an insulation wrap for a water heater for this purpose? I think it will work well and it has an R factor of 11, so it will insulate great.

The only thing I am kinda worried about is the fiberglass insulation. However I think I will be able to contain it.

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If you seal the fiberglass up, you should be fine, but at the same time if you are direct firing that vinyl backing may not be so great.

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There will be no heat source on the MLT. This is why insulation will be so valuable. I was thinking of just sealing the top and bottom with a Duct Tape "seam." It would definately go with my complete "homegrown" DIY system.

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A quick search turned up a couple threads:

This one talks about using water heater blankes like you are talking about
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=58676



And this one mentions that reflective foam wrap insulation
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=60487


I know in the DIY forum somewhere there is mention of someone building an electric MLT and they had directions on how they insulated it. You may be able to take those and modify them for your use.

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If you arn't going to direct fire or heat your MLT somehow, a cooler may be a better option. Plus, its already insulated You can probably pick up a good sized one for the same price as the water heater blanket.

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BREWtality's "genius" is in it's mounting system. I hang the keggles by a two hook system...one hooking the lower rim, and one hooked around the upper rim. This does away with the need for very strong shelves and it keeps the whole tree very light and transportable.

Also, I may add a heat source later to the MLT. It would be fairly simple to add another burner or electric element if needed. I just want to see if my efficiencies are good this way. I never needed a heat source with my little 5 gallon round cooler tun.

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i'm now extremely excited to see this thing you call BREWtality. You may be on to a revolution

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Here are some pics of the mounting system, a full thread on the build will follow when it is complete.


Hook 1


Hook 2


Mounted Keggle

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