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Old 12-16-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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Hello all.

First off, Sorry for ANOTHER NOOB HERMS POST.

I've been searching through posts for about 2 weeks now looking at different herms builds, control box setups/wiring diagrams. Seems that most people have more to them than I need.

I'd Like it to be fairly simple. I want (1) 120v heating element to control temp of the mash. I'm planning on getting a PID, RTD sensor and SSR with Heatsink from Auber.com to control it.

I have a 5 gallon igloo that I picked up at Goodwill for $5 that I've already put a bulkhead and valve in. I have some 25' 3/8 copper tubing that I'll use for the exchanger inside. This will have the 120v low density heating element inside it.

Evil gnome seems to have down pretty much what I want, but with a LOVE controller :

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/just...roller-126690/

Now could I pretty much wire everything like he did, although instead of the Love, I'll have the PID & SSR?

Any input or direction appreciated.

Alan

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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For the element would this would be suffice?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_26371-135-69...ater%2Belement

Oh, I brew 5 gallon batches. Boil Keggle with propane burner.

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Old 12-17-2010, 06:01 PM   #3
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:06 AM   #4
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so basically my answer is "yes"... auber vs love doesn't matter one bit, pinouts might change but you can figure that out. that element will work fine for a hlt, pretty much any element will work.

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Thanks. Just wondering if I NEEDED fuses or what not. too

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Personally, I think a PID is better for this application than a Love Temp Controller.
A Love controller is a fairly simple ON/Off device and a PID will very rapidly switch the output on and off to avoid overshooting and undershooting the target temp.

As far as fuses, that is a personal decision. I would never discourage anyone from building the safest device they can.

I know there tends to be some consumption during the brewing process and accidents can happen. I chose to build my rig as safe as I thought I could within reason.

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Thanks for the input Ed.

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