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Old 01-16-2013, 03:29 AM   #11
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I built a 1650W 120V heatstick and do this same thing...I heat the MLT and HLT with it recirculating through my MLT coil...the timer feature is next

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@JohnnyJumpUp - True, however the cheapest temp controller build I've seen with a heating stage is roughly $59 just for the controller (I think I put another $15-20 into the build to wire it all up), and this timer is $23. Also, I'm not sure of the amperage one of the temp controllers will handle, I think I read on at least one of them that it was limited to ~3A. Not sure, that was a few months ago.
The stc 1000 is about 25 bucks, and free shipping from ebay, about the same price as the timer. BUT I think for what you're doing with a timer is more practical, for this. It's more than likely turning on at just the right time, sometime in the middle of the night, for the right amount of time, to get to where you need it, rather than a temp controller which you'd turn on before you go to bed, and it would pretty much be running on and off all night to hold the temp til morning. Seems much more practical this way.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:39 PM   #13
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I use one of my STC 1000 fermentation temp controllers and two of these NORPRO 559 Immersion Heaters for Sous Vide cooking. I know for a fact they will heat water to 170°.
Going to use it in my HLT this weekend.

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Thanks for this - great idea.

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I use one of my STC 1000 fermentation temp controllers and two of these NORPRO 559 Immersion Heaters for Sous Vide cooking. I know for a fact they will heat water to 170°.
Going to use it in my HLT this weekend.
I've posted that I use those in sous-vide as well.
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I've posted that I use those in sous-vide as well.
Oh yeah, I have to give credit to Revvy. He is the one that came up with the coffee cup heater Sous Vide idea. Works better than I could have imagined.
I have enjoyed many perfectly medium rare steaks with this outfit.

That is the beauty of this is you can heat strike water and Sous Vide with it. My HLT is a 5 gallon Rubbermaid cooler so it is perfect for either task.
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Why don't you take hot tapwater? That would be somewthing like 50 - 60 ˚Celsius, so you only have to heat up the last 20 - 30 ˚Celsius ?

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Why don't you take hot tapwater? That would be somewthing like 50 - 60 ˚Celsius, so you only have to heat up the last 20 - 30 ˚Celsius ?
You shouldn't use your hot water from your tap to brew, or to cook with IMO because over time water heaters build up deposits of various minerals (and bacteria, but that's another issue) which are significantly higher in concentration out of the tap than using cold water.
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Just bought one. Waking up to hot strike water sounds too good to pass up!

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You shouldn't use your hot water from your tap to brew, or to cook with IMO because over time water heaters build up deposits of various minerals (and bacteria, but that's another issue) which are significantly higher in concentration out of the tap than using cold water.
Also, many homes have water softeners that feed the heaters, so heated water is softened water and high in sodium, which not good for brewing.
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