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mxman06 05-29-2012 09:23 PM

110 set up
 
hello i am wanting to go electric but i live in military housing and don't have 220 is there a good way of doing this using 110. or should i just keep using gas.

thanks

NoCornOrRice 05-30-2012 01:38 AM

with 110, it will take forever to brew any volume of beer. If you have any of the following, you have 220v: dryer, stove, range, unless they are gas, in which case, you would be best to stick with your current methods

hatrickwah 05-30-2012 02:13 AM

mxman06,
You are limited in your options, but all hope isn't lost.
Look into going with a hybrid setup, use a 110v element in a RIMS configuration, and then transfer the wort to a propane or gas cooker for the boil. As for boiling on 110v, NoCornOrRice is pretty accurate. You'll be lucky to get a 5 gallon batch rolling.

mxman06 05-30-2012 02:44 AM

thanks for the help i do have 220 dryer, i would just need to make a LONG extension cord witch is not completely unreasonably. i would like to brew in my basement as that is were my fermentation chamber is and moving 10 gal down stairs is not fun. how much dose a basic 220 set cost to make.

hatrickwah 05-30-2012 02:52 AM

Be careful with the LONG extension cord, especially with 220v. Depending on the amperage you run, and distance, you will need a pretty heavy cord.
The panel you should be able to do for around $1000 if you build it yourself and go PID. I built my BCS control panel setup for about $1200, since I already had the kettles done. I built a 50a setup, you may be able to do 30a for slightly less. Which would give you the power to run a 5500w element.

mxman06 05-30-2012 03:36 AM

cool that's a little out of my budget ( military doesn't pay that good lol) so i think i will stay with my current three burner set up. thanks for the help

NoCornOrRice 05-30-2012 03:38 PM

If you use a long extension cord, 10/4 SOOW is by far the best option for brewing 10gal batches powered by a dryer. Bought in bulk, it is usually about $2.50 per foot, including shipping and tax. It is very flexible, but heavy. Make sure you don't leave a coil of wire when drawing power, or it will turn into an inductor and bad things will happen (fire).

Another issue is ventilation: you will need a fume hood that has a motor and vents outside.

I was on a tight budget as well, but the though of brewing in winter outside was too unapealing. A really simple, economical option you may wish to consider is:
http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...r-158p3084.htm

If you were to make it DIY style, it would be cheaper too. Search for PWM controller on this forum

Jarrat 05-30-2012 03:59 PM

I added two 20amp 110v breakers and added electrical outlets beside my panel and have a brew pot with two 1500 watt elements in it....no special controllers.....works amazing.. cost for everything was around $250... just another thought

Boerderij_Kabouter 05-30-2012 04:08 PM

I wouldn't say 110 brewing is out of the question at all. In fact many of us do just that to great effect. Check out SIMPLE and 2P-Twent-E in my sig and look for jcarp's countertop brutus. Those are all great systems that operate on a single 20amp 11vac outlet available in any kitchen that is up to code. My systems push out 4.25g finished volume into the fermenter and 4 gallons packaged volume per batch.

tre9er 05-30-2012 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jarrat (Post 4128785)
I added two 20amp 110v breakers and added electrical outlets beside my panel and have a brew pot with two 1500 watt elements in it....no special controllers.....works amazing.. cost for everything was around $250... just another thought

This is what I do. Two separate 110v circuits at 15-20A each. My BK has two 1500w elements, my HLT has one 1650w element (though it is a little underpowered). Boil is extremely vigorous after 20minutes from sparging (sooner if I heat first runnings while continuing to sparge.)

Check your circuits. Chances are there are some that power things you can unplug/not use while brewing, giving you dedicated power.


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