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Old 11-27-2013, 09:17 PM   #11
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I have the extended bulkhead with compression fitting from brewhardware.com on my 10 gallon igloo. it works great with zero leaks.

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Old 12-01-2013, 05:07 AM   #12
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I have the extended bulkhead with compression fitting from brewhardware.com on my 10 gallon igloo. it works great with zero leaks.
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I used Brew Smith 2 for the first time, and I couldn't find a place to say whether I'm preheating the MLT or not. I'm going to continue to aim high and patiently wait for my water to hit strike temp until I've got more experience under my belt.
The software adjusts for it. You just enter the temperature of the mash tun along with the temperature of the grain. No need to preheat it.

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If I could get another burner and a pot for the same price as a thermometer I'd be a happy camper. Major cost differential there.
I guess that depends on your definition of major cost differential.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:13 PM   #14
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The software adjusts for it. You just enter the temperature of the mash tun along with the temperature of the grain. No need to preheat it.
Thanks. I'll look for that next time. I've used it once so far.



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I guess that depends on your definition of major cost differential.
The cheapest way I know to get another burner and a pot is to get a turkey fryer on sale (which is what I brew in now) for somewhere between $80-100. I won't use it for anything else. I will also need a pump, so that I can fly sparge from the HLT turkey fryer on the ground into the MLT (whereas now I can just put my Rubbermaid cooler up on bricks on top of a patio table).

The thermometer I'm planning to get is this one, which I can use for other things, like cooking. http://www.brewhardware.com/thermome...n-remote-probe It is $20. I'll also want parts for a thermowell, which will cost an additional $21. The thermometer option is therefore less than half the additional turkey fryer option, and I'll have purchased something that I'll use for other things.

Another option, I suppose, would be to spend hundreds on the brew kettle and burner that I really want, and use my existing turkey fryer as the HLT, but I'm not going to make that investment until I've gotten good enough and brew all-grain frequently enough to make it worthwhile.
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The cheapest way I know to get another burner and a pot is to get a turkey fryer on sale (which is what I brew in now) for somewhere between $80-100.
You can find them for $40-$50 if you look.
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http://www.lowes.com/pd_406086-1337-...7C1&facetInfo=

Cheap good burner. You can even go cheaper with this http://www.lowes.com/pd_406413-1337-...7C1&facetInfo=
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A round beverage cooler can be a very effective and much easier to manage hot liquor back than a non-automated kettle. The key is to ensure that your sparge water is around 180F going into the cooler. The sparge water temperature will stabilize in the low 170s and drop to around 168F by the time that it hits the mash/lauter tun when continuous sparging. Any overshoot temperature-wise can be handled via small cold water additions just before you get ready to sparge.

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I agree with going in hot. In fact, if the cooler was sitting in the cold garage, even 190F isn't out of the question. As mentioned, it's way easier to cool it off with some cold water than it is to dump it all back into a kettle to add heat.

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