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Old 01-06-2011, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default How long did it take to build your HERMS?

I'm in the process of building a HERMS and am curious as to how long it took you guys.
I would also like to know how much you spent, ball-park figure, not counting your vessels.
Just wanting to know so that I can tell if I'm going overboard or being cheap.


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Old 01-06-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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It took me around 4 months, give or take a few weeks. There's a lot of unknowns that go into it unless you're following someones plans to the "T".

Ball-park estimate of cost - $800 not including the vessels. It helps when you weld or know a welder, and you only use one pump.


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Old 01-06-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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It depends on what you want.

If you want a all SS, fully automated system, it's going to cost more and take a lot of time.

If you just put a copper coil into your HLT and control it all manually, it will be fairly cheap and quick.
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Actual work hours to build the frame and system....about 20. Cost: frame... $25. +pump....$110 + HERMS coil....$72 +valves, QD's, assorted fittings, silicon hose....$400 So, about $630 over a 3 month period. I bought old bed frames from a thrift store for the frame and used self drilling screws to assemble.
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It took me around 4 months, give or take a few weeks. There's a lot of unknowns that go into it unless you're following someones plans to the "T".

Ball-park estimate of cost - $800 not including the vessels. It helps when you weld or know a welder, and you only use one pump.
Just so happens I know one...Me!
Yeah that has kept my brewing costs way down. I'd probably be brewing on the stove if I wasn't a welder.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:09 PM   #6
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Started in May 2010 and still critiqueing it little by little. It's never perfect for me. I'm always improving. Probably about 750 spent.
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Yeah that has kept my brewing costs way down. I'd probably be brewing on the stove if I wasn't a welder.
I didn't figure the valves and fittings into my previous estimate either. I spend close to $300 on quick connects, valves, sight gauges, thermometers, etc. Plus, another $100 to have my couplings welded since my uncle that welds doesn't have the equipment to do stainless.

I think the kettles is where it really starts to add up. The stand and control panel are nothing compared to what I spent on my kegs.
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Including the electric control panel, actual construction time was about 2 months. I used every available weekend and evening I had. Also welded and CNC'ed my own stuff, so no waiting in some shop's queue.

Cost: about $1500 or so. Still gotta put together a final parts list, then I'll have a better idea.

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Done is a relative term for most of us I think.... It's pretty much brew a batch or two then tweak the rig, then brew some more.

I wouldn't be able to to put a number on my rig cost at this point but I know there are several (maybe 5) hundred dollars the have been put into it in recent history.

My recommendation - design it out in detail before you buy, cut or weld anything. Electrical schematics, hydraulic and gas connection diagrams and physical assembly layout are all critical. But most of all, have fun and keep brewing.


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