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Nightshade 07-19-2012 05:32 PM

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I’ve read that breweries sometimes use something that I guess is like a tankless water heater to instantly heat strike and sparge water. I even know that a couple of the Psycho Brew systems are designed with the use of their kind of water heaters in mind. My question is, are they using a piece of equipment that specifically designed to heat water to a selected temperature and if so can anyone show an example of this kind of equipment? Or are they just using a number of tankless water heaters run in sequence, and if so, how do they regulate the temperature to an exact enough number to strike with?

Thanks in advance for helping me out guys.
We are a small micro but we use a "combi-tank" system which places the liquor tank below the mash tun, is digitally controlled and gas fired.

I attached a couple images to give you a look at it, but not sure this is what you were asking but may help in your design in some way.

Nightshade 07-19-2012 05:32 PM

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I’ve read that breweries sometimes use something that I guess is like a tankless water heater to instantly heat strike and sparge water. I even know that a couple of the Psycho Brew systems are designed with the use of their kind of water heaters in mind. My question is, are they using a piece of equipment that specifically designed to heat water to a selected temperature and if so can anyone show an example of this kind of equipment? Or are they just using a number of tankless water heaters run in sequence, and if so, how do they regulate the temperature to an exact enough number to strike with?

Thanks in advance for helping me out guys.
We are a small micro but we use a "combi-tank" system which places the liquor tank below the mash tun, is digitally controlled and gas fired.

I attached a couple images to give you a look at it, but not sure this is what you were asking but may help in your design in some way.

AnOldUR 07-21-2012 02:29 PM

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That's why I am thinking of reverting to a more traditional 3 vessel system.
Here's my HLT setup. I put a shelf about chest high on the wall in my brew area, so no pump required. Picked up the 15 gallon ss pot on a close-out sale for $50. The thermostatically controlled 3000W immersion heater came from eBay. Waited and looked for a long time, but lucked out and got it for the minimum bid of $1 (plus about $10 shipping.) For stirring, on top you can barely see the 135 rpm gearmotor that came from Surplus Center for $6. Even with fittings and site glass from Bobby_M, I'm at well under $100. Well worth it to be able to dial in the temperature for strike, infusion or sparge water and have it ready whenever I need it.

AnOldUR 07-21-2012 06:29 PM

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AnOldUR, what do you attach to the motor to stir with?
Just a homemade paddle made from stuff I had laying around the shop. The notch in the lid is because I got lucky and this lid also fits on my boil pot. The notch is clearance for my IC. The constant stirring almost cut my chill time in half.


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