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Old 01-25-2013, 12:25 AM   #31
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Hmmm. This totally beats my wake up early, put the heat on low, and go back to bed, technique.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:13 AM   #32
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Lockwom - I tried an analog lamp timer I had a few times and kept waking up to cold water. It very well could have been my timer not triggering right, but I decided it was worth the $10-15 extra to know for sure it would kick on when needed. Let us know how it works out!
Indeed I will! With work, I can't brew for at least a week despite the timer arriving today.

Fat-fingering the pins for "on" times seems more reliable than accidentally setting the digital timer for the wrong day of the week, but then again, I wouldn't be surprised if this one is just as prone to operator error. I figured $12 can't hurt to try:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0020ML730/

I'm actually excited for it. I already start yeast, RO filter water and add minerals the night before. Measuring and milling grain while I'm at it doesn't add much time.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:19 PM   #33
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OK well this morning I gave it another shot with the same beer. As an experiment, I shortened the "power on" time by 30 minutes...only to find the strike water had settled in at around 132F after recirculating a bit when I went to dough in. Now I'm thinking that when I checked it before, maybe what I was getting was stratification...the water on top was 190F~200F, but perhaps the aggregate mean temperature was closer to my target. In any case, I managed to completely screw up this beer as well...I'm starting to think that making beer 10 minutes after I wake up is a terrible idea, because I keep making really stupid mistakes early in the morning that I have never made before on many previous batches.

 
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:47 AM   #34
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You do realize, if you only wake up at noon, you can still use this method to have hot strike water at 1PM? You can brew at midnight if you work third shift.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:49 AM   #35
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I said that wrong... you can DREAM of brewing at midnight if you work third shift. You can only brew at midnight if you work second (or, first, or no) shift.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:09 AM   #36
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When I know that I am going to brew the next morning, I just crank up the hot water tank the night before. Generally that will put me about 5 degrees +/- of my strike temp.

Good enough for me
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:21 AM   #37
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When I know that I am going to brew the next morning, I just crank up the hot water tank the night before. Generally that will put me about 5 degrees +/- of my strike temp.

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:31 AM   #38
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Awesome! Thank you for the idea! I am definitely having much want at the moment!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #39
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Talk about shortening a brew day! Great idea!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:06 PM   #40
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I use one of my STC 1000 fermentation temp controllers and two of these NORPRO 559 Immersion Heaters for Sous Vide cooking. I know for a fact they will heat water to 170°.
Going to use it in my HLT this weekend.
So how did it work out? I am looking to use this exact setup to heat 10-11 gallons of strike/sparge water. (170ish degrees)

Also, is the probe on the STC1000 okay to submerge in water this hot?
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