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Here's photos of my HERMS build I've mostly completed. Still have to stitch up a few things here and there, but all in all its mostly done. I have to paint the stand still, clean up the electronics a bit, etc, but I ran it w/ water today to make sure it can do what its supposed to, and its doing it nicely. I have one design flaw in my HLT where I put the heating element too high and the hot water rises but doesn't go down well, so unless I stir, the water at the bottom doesn't get heated, and the temp sensor down there thinks the temps stay the same... But the point of MY HLT is to just keep temps up... so I think its okay... only time will tell. The HEX is working like a charm. I have a huge storm about to hit here in UT, so I don't know if I can do a real brew on it today or not... :(

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Old 03-29-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:58 PM   #3
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Sweet. Do you have any pics of the inside of your Brewtroller?

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Oh didn't think to do that, I can get some its inside right now. I'll snap a shot and upload in a few...

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Looks great! You could add a stir motor to your HLT and use it to keep the temps even. I've had my eye on my wife's old ice cream maker for just that purpose

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Old 03-29-2009, 03:09 PM   #6
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Jcdillin oh good idea... addon number 3322344 Here's a couple photos of jcdillin's shield board w/ the sanguino on top... in my project box from radio shack


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I likey, this will be look so good on my gas fired brewtrailer.

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Well, The extremely cold temps here in Utah may make my batch a failure...I've got it running and it can't keep the temps up above 144 and I want it at 154... I can't get my eff to work worth a darn if my HLT is at 160 lol... I'm boiling some more water now to try and get it back within range... we'll see how it goes.

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How many watts is your element? Is the problem the MLT lacking enough insulation? That sucks man.

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Bugger, fingers crossed you can get it up to temps!

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