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Makes Better Beer AND Saves Time and Effort 4 33.33%
Makes Better Beer 3 25.00%
Saves Time and Effort 2 16.67%
It hasn't AND was a waste of money/time/effort 3 25.00%
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default How has your HERMS/RIMS system benefited you?

How has your HERMS/RIMS system benefited you? (Please explain how it helps you make better beer, save time, etc...)

I meant to post one more poll option, 'It hasn't BUT I've learned a lot from it.'


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Old 02-27-2014, 11:53 PM   #2
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HUGE epenis


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^^^^lol.
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Started out with a bottom drain keggle/false bottom.
Even with insulation, keggle couldn't hold temps.
Added RIMS, but scorched the wort if flow was stopped or slowed for any reason (1350w ULWD).
Started really thinking I should have just gone with a cooler MT.
Switched over to HERMS, and couldn't be happier.. set and forget for the entire mash, and I get to keep my shiny MT (I hate plastic).
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The beer isn't better or worse- but it's easier to maintain steady temperatures with the HERMS.

It doesn't save any time at all, as the mash time is still the same, but it does mean that going to mash out temps is easier as well.
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The beer isn't better or worse- but it's easier to maintain steady temperatures with the HERMS.

It doesn't save any time at all, as the mash time is still the same, but it does mean that going to mash out temps is easier as well.
Would you say that it is as "fun" (this is a hobby) as it was before electric? I think a lot of my liking is trying to get the right temperature for everything and if I do wrong I will see the results. If it is automatic do you still get that enjoyment on brew day?

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If that's fun to you, maybe you won't enjoy it as much? I think you have a strange opinion on what is fun, lol! Hitting your mash temps perfectly and having repeatable success is my idea of fun.
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I guess it's like carving something. ... you can do it by hand or do it by machine perfectly. .. By hand would give me more satisfaction in the end ( if that makes sense)

Just wondering if you still feel like it's yours?

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I have an electric herms and time is def not improved, if anything my brew days are actually longer. The system does not improve quality of the brew, I can make great beer with it, but can also make awful beer. While effort might be improved slightly, most noticeably as previously mentioned in mash out, the big factor that it helps is consistency from batch to batch. That is where I notice the most gain. But in the end I enjoy building and designing almost as much as brewing, and that more then anything is the best part about having it.
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For now my HERMS consists of an IC in the HLT and a $20 ebay pump. Goal was to control mash temp without having to add more hot water during the mash. What I'm finding is that temp in the MT can vary by 4 - 5 degrees F from the point the HERMS discharges to the opposite side of the keggle. So I move the hose around & stir frequently. One aspect I really like is that before recirculating I was always fighting with grain that would get under the false bottom & clog the dip tube. Since recirculating this hasn't happened.


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