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  1. #1
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    single vessel heat

    In the first pic.... from left to right (old BK), BK, MT, HLT....

    In order for 2bbl recipes my HLT on the end does not hold enough for sparging. Most recipes need 50 gallon sparge and the HLT with coils is 40. My first few brews I just put more water in the mash and then rinsed with less sparge. I want to make my old BK an addition heated vessel.

    What is the cheapest way to make it heat to a maximum of 168 degrees? cheapest manual control possible.....

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    Untitled by Jeremy Boucher, on Flickr

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    Why cant you just add more water to your HLT and preheat to target sparge temp before sparging? thats what we are doing on our 3 bbl setup which should same kettles as yours proportionately only larger. for some reason your HLT seems much smaller than your mash tun though. (Ours is smaller but with longer legs to make the the same height). The water we add ours heats up to 172 long before our mash is done and we need to sparge. How many elements do you have in your HLT ?
    Last edited by augiedoggy; 03-22-2020 at 07:01 AM.

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    My control panel only allows you to be (BK) (off) (HLT) you cant boil and HLT same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brwd.By.Boucher View Post
    My control panel only allows you to be (BK) (off) (HLT) you cant boil and HLT same time.
    Mine too due to power limitations... What im suggesting is adding more water to your hlt and heating it up for sparge while your mashing for an hour. We dont use our BK until after the mash and sparge.

    EDIT* I just realized you mentioned a coil which im now guessing is a herms coil. This does complicate things a bit. Most people with this setup will heat their strike water in the Boil kettle and leave their HLT full of sparge water at mash temps you would have to heat one just over temp a bit then the other.
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    yea... unfortunately my HLT(HERMS) is only 40 gallons.....

    Today I will warm strike water (70 gallons) in Boil Kettle, transfer 50 gallons to MT, add grain.... and recirculate mash for the hour...

    Then I will transfer the leftover 20 gal from BK1 to (old) BK2 while I start sparging using the 40 gallon from the HLT... with pump 1, the pump 2 will start moving the wort from the MT into the BK1....

    As the HLT starts to drop I will start using a third pump to move the 20 gallons from (old) BK2 to the HLT to warm and essentially join the sparge on way to the MT......

    1/3 of my system I purchased used.....

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