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Old 06-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #21
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My build thread is in my signature

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:14 PM   #22
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stlbeer- Awesome! I usually read HBT on my phone, so the sigs don't show up. I'll try and read through this tomorrow on my laptop if I can. Thanks for putting this together.

If anyone else has a build thread they want to link (hatrickwah I just saw yours too... WOW!), I'd love to check it out. I'm trying to pull together lots of ideas so I can choose which route to go.

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:56 PM   #23
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You are more than welcome.

You already have your 3 kegs and the stand ready to go so here are some thoughts for you. The first thing is you will need a pump or 2 (a second pump will make your life a lot easier). With that you can set up your system as a HLT (with a heat exchanger for it) a MASH tun (where you circulate your MASH through the HLT heat exchanger to maintain MASH temps) and a BOIL kettle. All of these system components can easily be controlled with a single Auber Instruments PID SYL-2352 and a 40A SSR. You only need 2 heating elements (HLT and BOIL). Oh, and you only need a single temperature probe placed in the HLT.

The set up can be an easy build for you that can and will work very well. There are a lot of things that you can do to make your build a fairly easy adventure. Like using weldless fittings or low temp Silver solder to place components in your kegs.

Please let me know what you decide and we are on the road.

If you want to talk it out a little bit, PM me your tel#.

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I'm resurrecting my own (old) thread because I'm just getting around to making a move on this (I just finished grad school, so that freed up some time!). I am going to shoot for a very basic system like P-J described above. I like the HERMS idea because I've got an extra 50 ft. wort chiller in my closet, so that's something I don't have to buy.

Anyone have a wiring diagram for this build? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:38 PM   #24
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I'm resurrecting my own (old) thread because I'm just getting around to making a move on this (I just finished grad school, so that freed up some time!). I am going to shoot for a very basic system like P-J described above. I like the HERMS idea because I've got an extra 50 ft. wort chiller in my closet, so that's something I don't have to buy.

Anyone have a wiring diagram for this build? Any help is appreciated.
Here is one that is fairly simple to implement:

As always click on the image to see (and save) a full scale diagram printable on Tabloid paper (11" x 17")




The controller can be set up in this auberins.com Project Box for 1/16 DIN controller


Hope this helps.

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P-J,

This is huge! I'm super grateful for this!

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Old 12-31-2012, 03:06 PM   #26
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I am just wrapping up my HERMS build and it's been a heck of a journey but I'm excited to actually start brewing with it. I miss having beer on tap!

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I'm sitting here wondering if anybody has done a write up on a very simple build using this or a similar schematic. I searched, but didn't find any. Most of the builds I saw are more involved than what i'm looking at doing.

Any help?

I thought checking out the pics would be nice. I'm going to start sourcing parts next weekend.

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P-J (or anyone who has contemplated this):

Quick question. Did we use 4500W elements due to the cost/time trade off? I'm just wondering if it's worth the price difference to use 5500W elements to have faster heating. I know that can only be determined by myself and my bank account, but how much time would the bigger elements save vs. how much more would the stepped up components cost?

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I used a 4500 (BK) and a 5500 (HLT), because I plan to do back-to-back brews on a 50a breaker, and wanted to have some comfort room. The cost difference of the element is minimal. The cost difference in what size breaker and wiring you need is a big matter.

I heated 11 gallons of water from 60* to 156* in just over 30 minutes using the 5500w. It works amazingly fast, but the 4500 is plenty good, too.

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Thanks BadNews, that was what I was thinking. The cost factor is important, but so is time and I want to make sure I get the most bang for the buck. I'm sure this is the same for most of us. :-)

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