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Kula, HI
137 Posts

I'm looking at adding a specific HLT to the setup.  Right now it's either a 5 gallon cooler, or a cheap aluminum kettle.  What do you guys use?

Posted 34 days ago.

Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts

I use my old kettle (6 gallon stainless pot) as my hlt.  I use a big Coleman cooler for my mash tun. 

Posted 34 days ago.

Bastrop, TX
485 Posts

A dedicated cooler for a HLT makes sense. I have a friend that uses one, converted to use a pump to transfer and an electric bucket heater with a thermo controller to heat the water overnight. The pump lets him transfer the water at the right temperature under the grains in the MLT. Works pretty well as he has dialed in the temperature losses over time.

The downside is the lack of direct heating.

Posted 34 days ago.
Edited 34 days ago by mchrispen

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