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Old 05-02-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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It is always something.

I'm heating sparge water. This is the first time I've used the weldless thermothingy with a real thermometer. The thermometer seems to be picking up heat from the burner, so I'm getting an inaccurate temp reading for my strike water. That means I have to get a step stool to take a manual temp reading from the HLT.

That is the reason I designed this stand, so I didn't have to do semi-dangerous stuff anymore. Back to the drawing board on how to get an accurate temp reading for my strike water. ERRRRRR....

At least the damn thing isn't leaking anymore. That's a plus.
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:20 PM   #2
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Put a piece of steel on the stand below the thermometer to block the burner if you can.
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:28 PM   #3
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If you have a glass therm you could always use rubber bands to attach it to the shaft of your spoon/ladel/spatula (whatever you use for stirring) or a racking-type cane, and let it sit in the pot. Just lift it out when you want to read the temp.

Just be careful not to hit the sides of the pot.
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:32 PM   #4
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Put a piece of steel on the stand below the thermometer to block the burner if you can.
Good idea, but wouldn't the steel transfer heat from the bottom since it's metal and also touching (the bottom)?
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:46 PM   #5
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Yeah, but I think he's having the actual blast from the burner hitting the thermometer. This would stop that.
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:47 PM   #6
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SCORE!!!!!

My neighbor is moving and just gave me 2 propane tanks!!!! Now I have 3 propane tanks dedicated to brewing. I'll never run out now!!!!


Well...it was a minor inconvenience but I'm mashed in 1 degree below target temp. Not too shabby.

Now I have 60-90 minutes to wait, so I'm headed over to Best Buy for the new Tool disc.

See ya laters boys!!!!!
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:09 PM   #7
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Figured now is as good as time as any to introduce the new chiller bracket.

Brewpastor is going to hate me.....but I do deserve some Macgyver points for doing what I came up with.

Remember the stainless steel cart I bought? It came with a bracket that attached to the cart so you could attach a grill to it. Well, the gears were spinning in my head when I saw that bracket and knew I didn't need it. Well, turns out is is PERFECT for the shirron chiller. Steady, easily removable and it took me a whole 15 minutes to install it. Best part is I had everythign on hand to do it.



The bracket is on a hinge, so I can hand tighten the wing nut right onto the chiller. It holds nicely and is in a perfect position for my chilling needs. Easily removable for cleaning.



Sorry for all of your hard work Brewpastor--but I REALLY appreciate the help, even if I didn't end up using your design. This was cost effective.
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:24 PM   #8
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Sure, whatever. -sniff, sniff- Just go ahead and come up with a better idea. I don't care. -sniff, sniff- I will be OK.

Truthfully, that looks like a great set-up. What exactly did you do/use. It looks really simple and straight forward. Very cool. And don't sweat my time. I always am looking for ways to look busy around work. "Just working on the sermon..."
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:44 PM   #9
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Truthfully, that looks like a great set-up. What exactly did you do/use. It looks really simple and straight forward.
It is just a hinged bracket, with a wingnut that tightens up against the chiller. As soon as I saw it I knew I could use it...my only worry was the stability of it once the chiller was in--no worries. It is solid.

Well....into the boil now. Pre-boil gravity is 1.044, which is about 85% efficiency ( ). Looks like my FG is going to be slightly higher than planned, which is always a good thing!
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:59 PM   #10
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Well....into the boil now. Pre-boil gravity is 1.044, which is about 85% efficiency ( ). Looks like my FG is going to be slightly higher than planned, which is always a good thing!
Way to go Dude! Boil away!
My Barking Dog brewed yesterday should have been boiled for 100 minutes or more rather than 90. I ended up with about 6 1/2 gallons of wort and 1 point short of my expecyed OG.
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