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Old 08-20-2008, 06:22 PM   #41
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Shouldnt be too hard to dial it in... beer is beer and it is good, even if it is mashed a degree to high or low!

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:38 PM   #42
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The Pol - Thanks, that is something I'm going to have to take a hard look into.

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Old 08-20-2008, 07:38 PM   #43
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NO problem, if you need any help, have any questions, I am not a professional, but I have learned alot through $$$$$ trial and error $$$$$, and I would be glad to help in order to save you time, money, agony, tears...!

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Old 08-21-2008, 03:29 AM   #44
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Here are my final pics! I have the water stirrer installed, perfect fit from McMaster Carr. Just kicked a keg today, so it is a good thing that I have this thing operational so that I can brew again! ENJOY!

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HLT secondary thermometer


MLT Mash thermometer


Sealed heating element compartment

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Old 08-21-2008, 03:29 AM   #45
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HLT inside... Secondary therm and heating element


HLT Lid and parts... Water stirrer and HERMS coil


HLT Lid... AC Gear motor with fan and HERMS connections, OH and thermowell


HLT HERMS with the A419 attached

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Old 08-22-2008, 12:58 AM   #46
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Is it all wired into the laptop or is that just for recipe info?

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Old 08-22-2008, 01:01 AM   #47
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I had HBT up... I was downloading these pics to my pc... the only thing that controls anything is the A419, brewing tomorrow, we will see how she runs!

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Pol,

Can you provide a materials list at some point?
In particular, I'm interested in the coolant tubing you're using for the return flow in the mash tun.

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Old 08-22-2008, 06:20 PM   #49
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Yeah, I am actually in the middle of my inaugural brew on this thing, so far, so great... no leaks, temps have only fluctuated by .5F in the mash... ramping up to mashout now! Id be happy to get a materials list up, most of this was trial and alot of error on my part, alot of headaches are paying off today! Pics to come later!

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Old 08-24-2008, 10:39 PM   #50
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The brew session turned out great, not a drop of lost wort or water... I am planning a Duvel Clone and I will be using this setup to perform a ramp mash that will continually heat from 99F to 168F over a 2 hour period, per the clone recipe. I will have a couple sets of batteries on hand to do this, as I know how much homebrewers like pics!

I can heat my HERMS water, without the recirculation process, at 2F per minute, while recirculating the mash, it is closer to .5F per minute as it heats the mash. This should allow for a nice gradual and even heating of the mash for the Duvel.

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