Spike Brewing Giveaway - New v3 Kettle

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Temp. Probe
Thread Tools
Old 05-01-2009, 05:25 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hill Country, TX
Posts: 1,134
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default Temp. Probe

O.K. Guys,
I am building a HERMS with keggles. I plan on putting a temp probe low enough on the MLT & HLT that I can read them with a 5 gal. batch. I have read a bunch of threads on this about where to position the probes but not what length. I need to know how far into the grain bed and how far into the HLT the temp probe needs to go. Right now I have the little 1/2" temp. sensors. Do ya'll think I need to go 4" or more in? Thanks for the help - Dwain

Reason: sp?
Dwain is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
control freak
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
eccsynd's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 172
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1


For a HERMS I believe that the best spot for the temp probe controlling your heat in the plumbing, output of the heat exchanger.

That being said, its nice to be able to see what the grain bed is doing as well. Ideally its the same as the output of the hex, but in reality thats not always the case. I mash in a rectangular cooler, so I wanted to be able to hit the middle of the bed from the top so I didn't have to make another leakproof hole. I took a BCS-460 probe and stuck it in a 3/8" copper pipe, and connected it with a brass union. That way I can stick it anywhere in the grainbed, and even check multiple spots if I want.

And I can use it for fermentation temperature monitoring/control in a carboy too. The temp stick works better than a thermowell, imho. Plus its cheap.

BCS-460 Temperature Controller - Interactive web based interface, data logging, and programmable control rules.
Become an ECC fan on Facebook
eccsynd is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Love Temp Controller Probe doggage Equipment/Sanitation 3 08-23-2009 03:18 PM
Love Temp Probe polarity? gruversm Brew Stands 4 06-14-2009 02:37 AM
inline temp probe beerthirty Chillers and Stir Plates 11 07-11-2008 02:47 AM
Good Temp Probe? jayhoz Equipment/Sanitation 10 04-10-2007 03:52 PM
blichmann temp probe insco2 Equipment/Sanitation 9 12-25-2005 08:04 PM

Forum Jump