I have been reviewing the single tier brewing system designs on this site, as well as anything else I can find on the web.
I think I have settled on a HERMS setup and had a few questions to make sure I understand this properly.
The HLT has a copper coil inside that is used for recirculating liquid from the mash tun through hot water during the mashing phase. The liquid travels out of the mash tun (false bottom), to the HLT's copper coil, then back to the mash tun after being heated and is deposited at the top of the mash tun for the duration of your mashing stage? The wort is then pumped from the mash tun to the brew kettle after the mashing period is finished, and the heated water from the HLT is used as sparge water for fly sparging? The sparge runnings are gradually transferred to the brew kettle at a specified rate.
Do I have the process right? A couple benefits of this configuration are the ability to run 2 burners instead of 3, and potentially being able to control the mash temps more precisely?
I have 3 sanke kegs that I plan to use, and I want to have a Brutus 10 like stand with the hinges that allow the kegs to be easily tilted for cleaning. I assume to get the maximum benefit from a HERMS configuration, you will need temp probes to control the water temp in the HLT?
I am looking to have a reasonable amount of automation in the way of burner flame levels and fluid temp control. I even saw a couple setups that could be controlled using a web browser?!
Any advice or input is greatly appreciated. I've seen some really nice setups on here and would like to get one of my own.