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Old 08-23-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default water tank -> brew kettle

So my brother picked up this thing for me that I'm thinking would make a pretty decent kettle after I cut the top off it. The thermometer port is a bit high, but the tubes inside could actually make a decent chiller. I'm thinking if I toss in a false bottom I could use the drain at the bottom to transfer.

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Old 08-23-2009, 01:08 PM   #2
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Add a stirrer in the center and it would make a great HERMS HLT.

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Old 08-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
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Where can I get one...nice score! I'm thinking kettle and chiller also, but that's only cause I'm not into HERMS and all that fancy stuff.

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Perfect HLT without cutting anything.

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Old 08-23-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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What was it part of originally and where did your brother find it?

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Old 08-23-2009, 04:44 PM   #6
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thats exactly what i want for a HERMS HLT

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Old 08-23-2009, 06:37 PM   #7
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you guys got any links going through what exactly a HERMS HLT is? new term to me.

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HLT is Hot Liqueur TUN
HERMS is Heat Exchange Recirculated Mash System

Basically you put water in the vessel listed above and heat it either by direct fire or electricity to around the mash temp you want. Then you pump the mash from the mash tun through the heat exchanger (stainless coil in the HLT) and then back in into the mash tun. The idea is that you get excellent control over your mash temps and super clear wort from the constant recirculation. That vessel really would make a great HERMS heat exchanger.

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ah, I think I'll stick with the kettle now as I currently have nothing to do a full boil in.

It was originally an indirect water heater tank that my brother picked up at work. They got too many of them and they've been just sitting around for a couple years so he scored one.

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ah, I think I'll stick with the kettle now as I currently have nothing to do a full boil in.

It was originally an indirect water heater tank that my brother picked up at work. They got too many of them and they've been just sitting around for a couple years so he scored one.
You are one lucky bastige. That is a perfect HERMS HLT. You have a great brother.
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