Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Do I want an eHLT ?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-13-2011, 03:04 AM   #1
adam01
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Lucas, Tx
Posts: 342
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default Do I want an eHLT ?

I've been getting tired of the instability of the water temp for mashing and for sparging. I use a jet burner to heat water, but it always seems to be just not the right temp.

I was wondering if there was an electric HLT that I could just fill with water and heat
the water to a specific temperature.

Seeing this forum, I see there are several, but usually as part of a complete electric brewery.

Would just an eHLT be good enough, or would I be wanting something more later ?
Anybody with experience in this decision ?

Thanks.

__________________
adam01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 03:07 AM   #2
onthekeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,788
Liked 73 Times on 58 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

I started with an eHLT and used it for my boil kettle as well for a couple years.

__________________
onthekeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 03:25 AM   #3
BrewBarron
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Omaha
Posts: 88
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I use an EHLT and propane for my kettle. I highly recommend an EHLT. Can't beat just programming a temp and walking away to do something else. I am also in no rush to complete the all electric upgrade. I really enjoy my system and probably won't think about changing it unless I decide to go bigger. Even then, not sure I would change the hybrid system.

BrewBarron is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 03:30 AM   #4
P-J
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 3,246
Liked 248 Times on 200 Posts
Likes Given: 436

Default

Subscribed to the thread.

__________________
P-J is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 07:07 AM   #5
rosier9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Bellevue, NE
Posts: 183
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I started with the eHLT and a propane bk. The eHLT works great, and it's cheap and easy to build! The eHLT can be built using 110v if you don't have 220v readily available. I think most of us eventually move on to a completely electric system, but an eHLT is a great starting point that can easily be incorporated at a later point.

__________________

Kegged: Amarillo Ale, Edwort's Apfelwein, Golden Dragon, 1554, 888 RIS
Primary:

rosier9 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 02:13 PM   #6
Cpt_Kirks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,738
Liked 44 Times on 39 Posts

Default

My eHLT has two 2000 watt elements built in. That heats my mash and sparge water pretty fast. The elements are manually controlled now.

When I get around to it, I'm adding automatic temperature control and will use the eHLT as part as a HERMS setup, too.

__________________
Cpt_Kirks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 02:40 PM   #7
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,235
Liked 72 Times on 64 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I have just one electric kettle, and I use it as my HLT at the start of the session and then use it for the boil kettle after the mash is done.

__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 05:44 PM   #8
AiredAle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 474
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts

Default

I love my PID controlled eHLT. It is part of a complete electric system, but doesn't need to be. Mine is also controlled by a timer stolen from a coffee maker, so it comes on while I am still sleeping and is at temp waiting for me to mash in before breakfast.

__________________
AiredAle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #9
acefaser
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: firestone, co
Posts: 350
Liked 17 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AiredAle View Post
I love my PID controlled eHLT. It is part of a complete electric system, but doesn't need to be. Mine is also controlled by a timer stolen from a coffee maker, so it comes on while I am still sleeping and is at temp waiting for me to mash in before breakfast.
Great idea. I may have to incorporate something like that into my build.
__________________
acefaser is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-15-2011, 01:12 AM   #10
AiredAle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 474
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts

Default

Thanks, I also wired a level switch into the eHLT control circuit so I won't dry fire the element when I forget to turn it off as I drain the water. So far it has saved the element twice in six brews on the new system....

__________________
AiredAle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools