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Username: Dhacker

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Posted on Friday, December 22, 2006 - 11:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Itís official . . . The Therminator is an incredible piece of brewing hardware!

I adjusted my brew schedule to do an Amber today and the Oatmeal stout and Belgian wit on Monday. The combination of the new heat stick I built (until I get the Apollo 18 rig finished) and the Therminator cut about an hour and 15 off the brew time. The combo of propane burner and 4500 watt ripple heater had 13 gallons of wort boiling in 14 minutes!

The Therminator was attached to my old 50 ft. 3/8" IC and dropped into a bucket of ice. I didnít quite have enough ice on hand so the IC was only about Ĺ covered, but that pre-chilled the well water and then into the Therminator it went. I captured the waste water just to see how much Iíd used. 17 gallons in 15 minutes to get 11 gallons of wort to 68 degrees on the aquarium thruline thermometer. I did not whirlpool or fan cool or anything esoteric at flameout, though I do have braided hose and kettle bottom pickup tube. I simply started the water flow through the chiller system and cracked the ball valve on the BK until it stabilized at 68. It used to take about 30-40 minutes to chill the wort to that temp and Lord knows how much water went down the drain.

This may qualify as one of the best investments yet!