Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Electric HLT temp. controller
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-25-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
Steven9026
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Lexington, SC
Posts: 162
Default Electric HLT temp. controller

I have a 5 gallon igloo cooler that I have converted into an electric HLT using a 1500 watt water heating element mounted through the bottom of the cooler. I was thinking about getting one of these units to control the heat of my HLT.. any opinions or other suggestions?

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...50e37869d0e3ac


Steven9026 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2011, 06:57 PM   #2
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,244
Liked 97 Times on 86 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steven9026 View Post
I have a 5 gallon igloo cooler that I have converted into an electric HLT using a 1500 watt water heating element mounted through the bottom of the cooler. I was thinking about getting one of these units to control the heat of my HLT.. any opinions or other suggestions?

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...50e37869d0e3ac
Well... it will work for sure, but is a fairly expensive solution.

You could build your own similar device for a half of that price and some elbow grease.

But, if you're not a DIY kind of person, then... yeah... that thing will do it.


__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2011, 07:58 PM   #3
Steven9026
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Lexington, SC
Posts: 162
Default

Walker, would love to build one. I haven't found any plans for building a simple unit like this.. If someone has some I would love to see a copy.

Thanks
Steven9026 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2011, 08:02 PM   #4
Walker
I use secondaries. :p
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Walker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 11,244
Liked 97 Times on 86 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steven9026 View Post
Walker, would love to build one. I haven't found any plans for building a simple unit like this.. If someone has some I would love to see a copy.

Thanks
It's the same principle that people use for controlling HERMS and RIMS systems. no different, really.

Now... if you want to keep it SIMPLE, you'll find that a lot of the HERMS and RIMS build threads on here are a bit over the top.

A simple design would have a PID, a temp probe, and a single SSR (two SSRs if you want some redundency), and a power switch to give you manual control over turning the element off when you are damn sure you want it off.

This stuff gets put into some sort of enclosure with some power cords and a receptacle to plug your element into and you're done.



Warning: < you should prepare yourself now for an avalanche of design help from a lot of different people, each with their own approach to the design. they will all be good designs, make no mistake, but they will all be a little different. >
__________________
Ground Fault Brewing Co.
Walker is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2011, 08:04 AM   #5
HDIr0n
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 6 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Missouri City, Texas
Posts: 552
Liked 29 Times on 26 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

I just use a Johnson Controls A419 to turn on and off my heating element, very cheap and I just mounted it to my HLT.
HDIr0n is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2011, 12:11 PM   #6
Steven9026
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Lexington, SC
Posts: 162
Default

HDIR0n, Thanks for the response. That is what I will be using.. I misread the spec's and didn't think it would handle a possible 15 amp load..


Steven9026 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I want to make an electric MLT... Beavdowg Electric Brewing 9 09-14-2011 10:25 PM
new to electric brewing Q's HH60gunner Electric Brewing 6 12-13-2010 11:40 PM
3E Brewery going ELECTRIC!!! EuBrew Electric Brewing 17 10-28-2010 05:12 PM
Electric Extract BrassMonkey Electric Brewing 7 10-27-2010 01:19 AM
electric brewery help RedBarnBrewing Electric Brewing 5 10-23-2010 02:28 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS