Originally Posted by onthekeg
True, but if he is like me, automation doesn't matter much since I am pacing around sipping on beer as I brew. I watch the temps and turn the knob as required, much like I did when I had a flame under the kettle.
Old habits die hard I guess. I'm too old to be retrained anyways. I did have an Auber PID, but sold it to another guy wanting to build an ekettle.
Yes, but you need the "knob" to turn!
I have a PWM (a knob) for the BK but I love the PID for the HLT for the HERMS. With an HLT, you could use a Johnson Controller and set it for the desired temperature and not need a PID for it. That's what I did in my first electric build, and it worked fine. But because with a HERMS, you need a set temperature (and not "boiling" or "not boiling" like with a BK), some way to maintain the temperature is required.