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Old 01-07-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default Keggle: Electric Vs Propane?

I have just ordered my parts to finish my Keggle, MLT was done last week. I still have no way to heat this so am looking at options. My first instinct is a big ol burner and propane. But where I currently live there is no garage and it is cold for 5 months of the year outside and can handle the cold especially if beer is involved but there is an Dryer outlet in the kitchen and I am a decent electrician. Before I finish my keggle I want to know my options.

Consider this an informal survey

Do you use a burner or electric and what do you consider the advantages of your setup?



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Old 01-07-2010, 10:20 PM   #2
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Electric is better in every way as far as I am concerned.

It's easily controlled (just manually switch a relay or add PID control easily)

Can be shut off and on instantly (like if you are about to have a boilover)

No open flame

It's absolutely quiet

It's cheaper ($0.06 per kWh for me)

It doesn't produce harmful gas, so I can brew inside without worries

You don't have to refill or lug tanks around

It's absolutely repeatable... i.e. I know I can pump 3500W of heat in every boil and always have the same evaporation rate.

It's tremendously more efficient. My 7000 watt HLT (roughly 24000 BTUs) will outperform a 100,000 BTU propane burner.



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Old 01-07-2010, 10:33 PM   #3
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I have electric, I love electric.

It is compact, clean, quiet and easy to control.

No refills, no CO emissions

I love electric brewing.

My 9000W BK is 30,600 BTUS, about the equivilent of 100,000 BTUS on a gas burner.

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All well and good for electric, but it intimidates me where to even begin to put something together with control boxes, relays, pids? lol.....

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All well and good for electric, but it intimidates me where to even begin to put something together with control boxes, relays, pids? lol.....
It can be, luckily we have some very experienced electric builders and brewers here on HBT with a wealth of knowlege
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Electric all the way. Power costs me about $0.12 kwh, Say I run both elements at 100% for 3 hours (I think I am way over estimating here) using 5.275 kW works out to be a $2.07 worth of electricity. That and I can brew inside.

In my sig there is a link to an electrical primer. It's still a work in progress so there are bits and pieces scattered through out it. This weekend I think I am going to put a generic electrical drawing together for the controls and such for people to reference.

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Thanks...that would be great!

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There's something about brewing outside on the deck, looking at the lake, that I love. There's also a lot to be said about having a basement(I don't) and being able to stay inside and make beer like a scientist with lots of control. Fire and electricity both have their advantages you'll just have to decide how intense you want to get about the hobby.

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As soon as I have a lake in my backyard I will have to start brewing out my back porch as well in the mean time I will be looking into electric. I actually can see the joys to brewing outside over propane and if I still lived in Louisiana I could rationalize a big burner for crawfish boils, which goes really good with beer.

I will do some searching for designs but if any ones wants to post some links for electric keggle designs for me to start looking at I'd appreciate it.

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Are all you electric indoor brewers using a range hood or similar to vent boiloff vapor? If not, do you get condensation buildup on the ceiling?



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