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Old 03-19-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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yeah... still working on a real name...

so been a long time lurker, only recently posting, and finally decided to make a 15 gallon eherms build. i am in an apartment now and wanted something that i can use now and later. i considered gas but not allowed in my complex and the cost was too out of control.

one lesson learned, even with a lot of cutting oil, stainless can be a pain in the ass to drill. i ruined my old kettle i was going to use for my herms, which is why there are no pics for the hlt as i wait for the new one. obviously every experience is different but i broke down and got a punch, save yourself a headache / money and do it with a holesaw or punch if doing anything over an inch. not saying it can't be done, just my experience.

i have to give a major shout out to pj for his diagrams, kal for the inspiration and other techniques, tiber and warogany (sp?) for their builds and ideas... and there are probably another 10 or 200 people who influenced me.

so without further ado....

the original toolbox


the cut down tray for a back panel


the cut box


installed components






test plugin


first heat




we have boil


and a short video

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Old 03-19-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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and the HLT is basically complete....








so i know everything works at this point, leak test has passed on all counts. just waiting on a few connectors from bobby so i can build one more hose, do a pbw clean, simulate a brew day and rock...

oh, and this also works well for sous vide, but that is the cook nerd in me talking.

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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Control box looks good.

What's the issue with the other kettle - is there no chance of salvaging it?

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there is a chance, but i have to go the tri-clove route and a 2" hole. it's a cheap kettle and the stainless looks like it "cracked" a bit. if i do this, i may just use it as a small hlt / use it for sous vide cooking.

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Nice!

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there is a chance, but i have to go the tri-clove route and a 2" hole. it's a cheap kettle and the stainless looks like it "cracked" a bit. if i do this, i may just use it as a small hlt / use it for sous vide cooking.
Could you rivet a patch over and solder the seams?
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Could you rivet a patch over and solder the seams?
thought about it, it's one of the bass pro shop turkey fryer pots, so while it served a purpose, isn't very "high end." i think the whole kit was about $100, so i'm not crying too much if it isn't a cheap fix. i just haven't looked too much into it since it happened on saturday and the new pot shipped today.
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Are you going stainless for your MLT or rubbermaid? If the latter, how do you plan on monitoring temps in there?

I have a rubbermaid setup myself (sans the HERMS), and had kicked the idea of adding one in the future for added flexibility.

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im using rubbermaid. short term, i plan to monitor mash temp at the output of my herms coil. just a t fitting with a 1.5 inch probe.

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=249

long term, you can see i left enough space in the middle of my lid for another PID. so when the time (money) comes, i will add my second pump and a pid in the middle and do it like kal does; one at the outflow of the mash tun and one on the recirc of the hlt.

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