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Old 03-24-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Did my second all grain batch today. everything was going well until I turned my back on the boil and had an over flow. only ended up with about 4 3/4 gallons into the fermenter. Pic was taken about 15 minutes before the boil over. I've already had it with the cooler mash tun because it leaks and I have an extra keg. The keg on the left has fittings for a herms coil I had welded in but I haven't put in the coil yet. I have 50' of 1/2 copper to use. is that the right length or is it too much? Next step is getting the herms coil in and building a structure.

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Old 03-24-2013, 02:00 AM   #2
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That settles it.

I need to wear a lab coat (and shoes!) when I brew.

My HERMS coil is 25' and it's long enough. That doesn't mean 50' is too long, though! It's just that I used an old immersion chiller which happened to be 25'. It takes up quite a bit of room in the HLT, so I'm not sure how well a 50' coil would fit. Others who have a longer HEX could tell you for sure.

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Old 03-24-2013, 02:18 AM   #3
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the lab coat was a christmas gift from swmbo.

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Im not an expert at herms but i'd be surprised if 25 feet (7 coils) wouldn't do the job.
...it's not like you need to increase temp 20 degrees in a pass ...prolly more like 1, right?

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Ended up using a shorter piece I had so the hex is 20 feet. Any suggestions on how to get the compression fittings to not leak?

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I use a HERMS on a single tier setup.

check out the pics and see if helps you out.

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i dont know if a 50ft coil would even help out, the heat transfer will happen in 25, now when cooling, different story.

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Nice setup. That's what I plan on ending up with. My herms coil is not centered as I used right angle fittings but I am sure it will work fine. I used the extra 6 inches or so of copper to make a dip tube.

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Here's what the hlt ended up like.

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Nice setup. I used 90* fittings on my herms and the coil sits to the side like that. No issues with it.

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