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Old 12-14-2009, 09:54 PM   #1
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I have been searching but cant seem to locate what I am looking for unless there is no such thing. Is there a heating element that could be used to mount in a cooler for an HLT that is pretty much all set up with dial knob or something. I would have really liked to do kegs but am having no look locating any. I really want to start doing ag but I did it once with the what I have and that wasnt fun!!!!!!!!!

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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http://www.mcmaster.com/#water-heaters/=4xlz7q

Check out the immersion heaters.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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Good lord those are expensive huh! Thanks, I plan on using a 32 quart cooler, I was thinking 1500w, is that too much juice, not enough?

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:21 PM   #4
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There are some nice pre-built HLTs if money isn't a big deal to you.

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Spend the $8 on a normal water heater element and wire it into a Johnson controller. Austin Homebrew has the digital Johnson controller for $80.

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:56 PM   #6
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I like that better, it says operating temp and sensor temp. Which one of these is the 1 i can set the unit to. It says 220* for sensor temp and 140* for operating temp. If its 140* that doesnt really do me any good. Cause Id be looking for about 165* for a dough in and 170* for a mash out right? Sorry, for the questions but I need to get this stuff straight and get going on doing this stuff right. Thanks in advance for helping me with this.

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Old 12-14-2009, 11:08 PM   #7
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I have the Ranco controller on my fermentation fridge, and I think I remember it being rated up to 220*. They're about the same cost as the Johnson.

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Old 12-14-2009, 11:31 PM   #8
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Can anyone confirm this? 1 more question for anyone who has done thsi using that heater element. Did you use a pvc fitting into your cooler and if so does it get hot from the element being so close?

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Keep the water temperature below 180 in those plastic coolers and you should be fine. The end of the element by the fitting is not very much hotter than the water itself.

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Old 12-15-2009, 12:20 AM   #10
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thanks for that. So the Ranco or Johnson control will bring temps up that high? I just need to confirm that so that I can place some orders soon. OK, never mind, I found my answer on the Ranco home page. thanks guys. I have a bad back and doing this I can just pump water up there and let gravity do its thing!

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