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Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 489
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 02:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My HLT tank (converted keg) is heated with an electric element. I just use a timer to turn on the element so when I wake up I've got 14 gallons of hot water ready to go. But since I don't control the water temp, I end up having to mix some cold water in the mash tun to hit my strike temp before doughing in.

I'm thinking of wiring in a Ranco controller to control the element.

I know I'll need a thermowell in the wall of the tank. I'm looking for ideas for the best way to put one in.

Would the Weld-be-gone thermothingy work? The Ranco probe is 1/4 inch diameter and about 2 inches long.

Ideas?

gracias
 

Tom Gardner
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Username: Tom

Post Number: 506
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 02:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

More Beer has a stainless steel thermowell that screws into a 1/2" coupling. The RANCO sensor fits right into it. Before that I just put the RANCO sensor into a plastic baggy at the top of the water. I love getting up in the am and having the HLT perfectly ready to dough in. Brew on, Tom
 

Tom Gardner
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Post Number: 507
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 02:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's part # FE616 : Coupler Thermowell, but pricy at $29.50.

I use a heatstick, how do you have your electric element installed? Tom
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 490
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 05:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmm, So I'd have to weld a 1/2 inch coupling on the keg? Not impossible, but If I can find a weld free solution, I'd like to.

My heating element is something I picked up years ago at American Science & Surplus in Chicago. I think it was originally designed for an electricly heated tea kettle. It wa upposed to be used on 220 in England. I measured the reisistance and figured it was around a 1200 watt element.

I do have in mind a heatsick I saw in a farm supply catalog (Nasco Farm & Ranch) a few years ago as a back-up, cuz I know that the one I have will eventually fail.

here the link to the bucket heater:

http://www.nascofa.com/prod/ProductDetail?sku=C13444N&title=Farm+%26+Ranch
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 1118
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul, you might consider a Zymico Weld-B-Gone Thermothingy for $10, which is designed for a 1/8 in. to 1/4 in. thermometer shaft. Instead of a thermometer shaft, use a piece of stainless dip tube from a corny keg. Cap one end of the dip tube with silver solder and fit the Ranco controller's probe inside with heat sink grease and silicone sealant.
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 491
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 06:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,

That's the solution i'm looking for. I couldn't tell from the pic's of the Thermothingy I've seen whether it was sealed or a tube would be needed.

I have some SS tubing that's the same size as a corny dip tube.

Sounds like a plan
 

Zymie
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Username: Zymie

Post Number: 42
Registered: 10-2001
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 05:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul,

You don't really need a thermowell. Just put the probe throught the fitting.

Wayne
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 492
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 05:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Zymie,

I didn't think the probe was waterproof. If it is, then I'm set.

But, I found I had a corny diptube in my scrap heap, just in case. The other SS tubing I have is thicker walled than the corny diptube, but has same OD

I did order the Weld-Be-Gone Thermothingy from Northern Brewer.