I recently completed my EHERMs build and I "like" it. What's bothering me is the offset between the HLT and the MLT. I know its not a big deal, but it bothers me. I have no intention of building a different rig right now and I also do not want a RIMS (I have my reasons...)
Here is my idea: Instead of using the HLT to control the temp of MLT, I will retrofit a 240v 8" electric stove element beneath the MLT (SS pot) mounted to the brew rig. Strike water will be heated in the HLT, then moved to the MLT. Grains doughed in, and the 8" electric stove burner takes over the "control portion" of the mash. I do not plan to do any step mashing. Mash outs are infusion or decoction only.
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