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Old 05-30-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default Tower of Power is out...

And holy $hit it is expensive.

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Tower-of-Power-Control-Module.html

I could understand paying that price for both of the units (HLT/MLT), but paying that for only one control system is just insane. I have all blichmann products, and realized they are expensive, but they perform. I cannot justify this however!

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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To be honest that price is really good for what you are getting. I have built a few systems now and have a pretty good grasp of the components and what it would take to put this together. I would say that is one of the better control options out there right now. Especially considering it it for gas.

The tower isn't a bad price either. 1k for that full setup is pretty impressive.

Now, bring on the "I can build that for $80" crowd. That is a lot of quality and utility for the price. I would be tempted by it anyway.

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It does include the Gas Valve for burner control. Gas Valve, Pilot and igniter is $250. Their PID is $100+ model. The price really isn't that bad once you consider all the pieces, labor and mark-up. I expected it to be a lot more.

We've been looking at building something similar for awhile and I doubt we could do it for less.

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Looking into pricing over the past couple weeks of automating my MLT/HLT, I agree the price for this is not too bad for the control unit. Definately has me interested.

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That is a great price considering what you get. I was honestly expecting it to be a few hundred more per unit.

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I am seriously thinking about getting this system. I would stick with my current burner for my HLT/BK and do a batch sparge. What would you guys suggest for a burner? And for a MT? I currently use a 10 gal rubbermaid cooler as my MT and would like to upgrade to a 15 gal MT to allow for bigger beers. Right now when i brew a bigger beer it fills my MT even at a low qt/lb of 1.2

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Looking into pricing over the past couple weeks of automating my MLT/HLT, I agree the price for this is not too bad for the control unit. Definately has me interested.

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I guess it's time to step up to the plate??

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I am seriously thinking about getting this system. I would stick with my current burner for my HLT/BK and do a batch sparge. What would you guys suggest for a burner? And for a MT? I currently use a 10 gal rubbermaid cooler as my MT and would like to upgrade to a 15 gal MT to allow for bigger beers. Right now when i brew a bigger beer it fills my MT even at a low qt/lb of 1.2
You want to upgrade to a 15 gallon rubbermaid MT? You wouldnt be able to use this with a cooler MT. It is designed for direct fired vessels.

The manual shows the ignition switch using both a bg14 and a cup style burner, but states several times it can be used with any burner. If I was to get 1 (or 2) I would be using it with BG12's.



After reading through the manul, it seems they designed this thing to work with all different systems. I am really sold on it. Like OneHoppyGuy says above, after you factor in the prices for parts (including misc stuff like wiring, box, connectors, etc) the price is quite decent, especially it being Blichmann.
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