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msamsonz28 wrote:To me, it doesn't seem all that much work to monitor a burner for an hour.
Porter wrote:I guess the main thing I wonder is this - if you have a 15 gallon pot, and you fill it with 10 gallons of 160 degree water and you use it to keep the mash at 150-154ish . . . . . How much heat are you really going to be losing that is going to require you to spend much time "adjusting." Couldn't you just recirculate for a bit until you get mash temp locked in, and then let it sit?
I mean I have the 5 gallon gravity system right now, and I just dump my grain into water that is in the 165 degree range, stir it and let it settle in at 152ish and I hold that temp. for 60-90 minutes and only lose a degree or two. So, what is so different that there would need to be constant adjusting and recirculating, etc.???
I do like the idea of being able to recirculate to adjust the mash temp. and dial it in. I also think the recirculation should help set the grain bet and clear the wort. But, to be honest, $2000 seems like a lot of money if the same thing can be done for a couple hundred or less.
Porter wrote:As for making my own system...... I am mechanically "declined." I thought about it, but, I simple do not have the equipment to build anything, the knowledge to build anything. . . .and mainly, I don't have the time or desire to build anything. Lots of brewers love to tinker, and build and create equipment for brewing. . . . . I am not one of them. I love brewing, but mechanics, electric, welding, etc., etc. is something that escapes me. I don't even change the oil on my vehicles myself:) Either way there is going to be a decent cost to a good system. In addition, there is the labor/time aspect of building one. At that point, the $ difference is not huge anymore - so, I ask myself - who do I want to pay to build my system? Should I pay myself (with no skill or experience) or others who have never built one? Or, should I pay a professional who does this for a living and has been making some of the best systems out there for years?
Porter wrote:I am able to brew in my basement, so that helps with temps, wind, etc.
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