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Old 09-27-2007, 04:07 AM   #11
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I dry-ran the electrical system this evening... took the HLT to 162ish with 15 gallons of water in about an hour as well as heated up about 3 gallons of water in the mash tun through the herms coil to 155ish in the same amount of time. There seems to be a 7 degree difference between the HLT and the mash tun.

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Close-up of the control panel (in terrible lighting):



Sparge Arm sitting on the false bottom:



Close-up of the PVC cover I fit over the heating element to cover the electrical components:

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Old 09-27-2007, 04:11 AM   #12
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Looks like a nice, clean setup, JB! Awesome!

FYI, I use my old HERMS heat exchanger as a chiller now - works just as well!

I recommend an adjustable sparge ring/arm. You'll want to keep it just above the grain bed - the height tends to vary more than you'd think depending on the strength of the beer you're brewing.

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Old 09-27-2007, 04:17 AM   #13
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Thanks Yuri,

I built the sparge arm based on Monster Mash's design... I initially thought it would float on top of the mash but its pretty heavy and now plan on suspending it just above the mash.

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Nice set up!! Hay what did you use for the insulation on the kettles or it that just tape? it looks nice...
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Old 09-27-2007, 04:33 AM   #15
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Nice set up!! Hay what did you use for the insulation on the kettles or it that just tape? it looks nice...
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Thanks. They are insulated with 2 layers of 1/8" x 2" insulated tape covered in a layer of black duct tape. It took awhile but I had a ton of the stuff left over from the walk-in cooler, so thats what I used...
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Very nice set-up. Are those controllers capable of switching line wattage, or do you have relays in that box? Nice sight glasses too, I always like to see isolation valves, but at least those have a heavy shield.

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Can I get some details on those sight gauges? Did you rig them up yourself?

Nice system!

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Very nice set-up. Are those controllers capable of switching line wattage, or do you have relays in that box?
No relays in the box... The controllers are rated at 16A each. The two 120V controllers are basically only going to be switching the pump on and off - so no worries. I was more concerned with the 240V controller... I figured up that it could run a 3,500W heating element at around 15A (3,500W / 240V = 14.6A). So far so good, no issues during my tests last night at all.
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What brand and model are they and where did you get them?

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They are Love controllers. I got them from Cole-Palmer (http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/pr....asp?cls=47525) a few months ago - it looks like Love has redesigned the looks of the controller since then, but all the specs seem the same.

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