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Old 05-10-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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Living in NYC provides a lot of challenges for brewing, most of them space related. After going all grain a few years back, I decided to upgrade to a HERMS system, which again, with space restrictions, was tricky. The entire system is designed to be completely packed into the mash tun after use, which then goes into my closet, under the shirts. Recirculated by a march pump through a 50' 1/2" coil, which sits in another cooler that has a 1500W element installed in the bottom. All the temps are controlled by a PID in the "control panel", with the probe which regulates the activity of the element in the smaller cooler. With a slow flow rate this system will hold the mash temp within 0.5 degrees. I'll follow up with some pics of the fermentation chamber and kegerator as well.


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Old 05-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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For NYC that looks like a pretty massive kitchen. Very cool though. I really like your HERMS cooler!

Do you use your stove to pre-heat the water?


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Old 05-10-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Pretty cool, bmick! Maybe I missed something obvious, but what do you do for your boil kettle? Also electric?

How long does it take to get your strike water heated with a 1500w element in that 5 gallon cooler?

I'm currently trying to build a 120v countertop system, and I'm weighing out options and designs. I like the look of this one!
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I love this, and I really love how it works like the nesting dolls and all fits inside the big mash tun.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
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Very cool, first of it's type that I have seen. Kinda wish I had seen it back in my apt. dwelling days!
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #7
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I love reading about these small setups. Looks awesome!


My wife would **** if I had all that in the kitchen.
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awesome idea bro, great job with it!
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Wow that's awesome!

If you have the time could you run down like the parts list? I'm not planning on getting a house any time soon and would love to go with larger brews than one gallon.
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That's sweet. Looks great.


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