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    Brewed a couple weeks ago using my old copper ic as a herms coil in an attempt to get a handle on mash temps.Still had trouble maintaining stable temps but it was the first time and i'll tweek it for better control.Since ditching the coolers and going all metal,we've been struggling with direct firing the mash.Getting temp swings of 40 degrees between cooling and reheating(even boiled mash on occasion),and you know how mash temps can vary by level.Paying way more attention will probly help as well as calibrating all the thermometers better and doing a lot more stirring.For some reason i'm not very keen on the various keg/kettle insulation blankets,batting,bubble wrap,etc. that i've seen.I hate to say it but i miss the old mash coolers,but i've made my bed and and i'll brew in it!


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    Another run today with the herms coil.Was able to mostly maintain mash temps.I think i'll stick with the technique.
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    I never had temp wings with my HERMS, but it was electric and PID controlled.

    I figure that as you settle in to the new process you will figure out out to read the temp swings so you can keep it locked in...

    I have dismantled my eHERMS and turned it into a eBIAB RIMS set up, I hope to brew with it this weekend

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    After a little research,i determined my coil wasn't long enough(that's what she said) so i'm gonna go for a 50'3/8" ss coil.
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    The biggest problem like you have experienced is temperature overshoot which juggleing manually is almost nigh impossible. A H.E.R.M.s unit with a PID electric element controller like MX1 says is the way to go albeit initial training this gear can be a challenge but well worth the effort once locked in.
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