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  1. The Pol

    Blichmann BrewEasy

    Yes.
  2. The Pol

    HERMS re-circulation temp.

    With a HERMS, the coil is not more than about 3F above the mash temp...
  3. The Pol

    Thanksgiving Turkey Thread

    13lb bird, smoking at 250F. 7:50AM start 60 minutes in breast temp 86F 120 minutes in breast temp 124F 180 minutes in breast temp 144F 240 minutes in breast temp 154F 300 minutes in breast temp 163F
  4. The Pol

    Thanksgiving Turkey Thread

    Bird is coming out of the brine, a 13 pound free range that was butchered Monday. Drying it off, rubbing under the skin with some seasoned butter, and into the smoker! Happy Thanksgiving.
  5. The Pol

    Blichmann BrewEasy

    There is another thread on the board here, and this guy had a completely different session. He heated to strike temp, let the machine work, doughed in, set the temp 3F above his desired mash temp, and the machine ran without intervention, holding temp in the mash precisely. His eff was 70%...
  6. The Pol

    Blichmann 10 gallon Breweasy Questions

    Yup. Operator error.
  7. The Pol

    Blichmann 10 gallon Breweasy Questions

    Maybe it's operator error?
  8. The Pol

    Herms coil in hlt: pid-sensor placement

    Boom. Glad you figured it out.
  9. The Pol

    Blichmann 10 gallon Breweasy Questions

    Per the reviews in the other thread, no, it is not very hands off. It does require attention. The posts over there make it seem less user friendly, and less efficient (time, equipment, temp control) than any electric system I've seen.
  10. The Pol

    HERMS no Electric ?

    I'd like to mow my lawn as I mash... That is why I'm pro automation.
  11. The Pol

    Blichmann BrewEasy

    That review makes this system sound really cumbersome and less than precise with temp control. It doesn't sound like Blichmanns typical elegance at all. If this is another version of BIAB, it seems like it misses the mark in several areas. Equipment heavy, expensive, cumbersome and I don't...
  12. The Pol

    Herms coil in hlt: pid-sensor placement

    True, there is a point where the wort is saturated, so any additional length is unnecessary. You will get more efficient heating with a smaller diameter coil, and using copper.
  13. The Pol

    Herms coil in hlt: pid-sensor placement

    Were you recirculating the HLT water as you heated it? With an HLT of that volume, you should be mixing the water somehow.
  14. The Pol

    Herms coil in hlt: pid-sensor placement

    Coil length doesn't affect it. Coil material could to a degree, but with 50', there should be enough coil to saturate the wort with heat prior to exit. Copper is a better conductor of heat than stainless. I think the volume you are heating in your HLT does play a role. You dramatically...
  15. The Pol

    RIMs rocket + HLT = 50 amp service?

    Ahh, the ones I saw were only 3L/min.... Ahh, I just found one that is 720L/H, so that is 3gal/min So you have a DC converter in the box, and a PWM to control it... ?
  16. The Pol

    Herms coil in hlt: pid-sensor placement

    According to my calculations... Your initial setup would raise the HEX water temp 100F in 13 minutes. Your new setup will heat the HEX water temp 100F in 20 minutes. Your new setup heats 54% slower than your previous design.
  17. The Pol

    Herms coil in hlt: pid-sensor placement

    I'm guessing this. The HLT volume is your heater, really, not your element. You doubled the mass you have to heat, In order to raise the mash temp. You just nearly doubled the time it will take to raise the HLT one degree, the HLT has to heat up in order to heat the HERMS coil. You just...
  18. The Pol

    Blichmann BrewEasy

    Remember, with any BIAB system, your efficiency will vary with the size of the grain bill. More precisely, the ratio of brew water to grist. 8 gallons of water and 10lbs of grist, will result in a loss of 1 gallon of the 8 to grist absorption. 9 gallons of water and 20lbs of grist, will...
  19. The Pol

    RIMs rocket + HLT = 50 amp service?

    I like the DC motor idea. The flow rates are pretty low, but in a 2.5 gallon system they would be perfect.
  20. The Pol

    RIMs rocket + HLT = 50 amp service?

    You are correct. For one pump, two elements, and PID control, you'd be around $200.
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