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Old 08-03-2012, 03:08 AM   #11
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I was able to work on this a few hours today. First I wanted to remove the zinc coating from the water heater element. I read on here somewhere that soaking the element in star san does a good job, thank you to whoever shared that, can't find it now. Here is the element after an hour soak.



So I soaked the entire element a couple hours and then a scrub with a green scotchbrite pad brings it down to copper.




I got all the fittings for the pot and pump installed and have it full of water for an overnight leak test. I also got all the switches and various electronic components fitted and installed in the project box. Pretty happy with the layout and how it's looking, I also found a handle at lowes that seems perfect.






I also did some quick testing with the greatbreweh pump. Seemed to work ok after some tweaking. It wasnt running consistently when plugged in, most of the time it just sat there and wouldnt run, as if it was not plugged in. I messed with it a while and realized the housing bolts seemed to be the issue. I had to loosen them a little and that seemed to loosen up the pump and allow it to run. Hopefully no more pump issues. Hopefully I have time to finish all the wiring tomorrow.

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:29 PM   #12
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Looks great. I also have a smaller all electric compact unit I use when I dont feel like firing up the propane or to do pilot batches. Keep up the good work!

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Old 08-04-2012, 02:03 AM   #13
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Do you happen to have a parts list for this set up.

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This info is great thanks for posting it i only have one question can i add a other heating element. I would like to have 2 elements.
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Do you happen to have a parts list for the one element one pump set up

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Old 08-04-2012, 04:15 AM   #15
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Looks great. I also have a smaller all electric compact unit I use when I dont feel like firing up the propane or to do pilot batches. Keep up the good work!
Thanks! Can't wait to brew with it.
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Do you happen to have a parts list for the one element one pump set up
I don't have one written up, I'll see if I can get one made.

I got the control panel wired up today, glad that is over. Now I need to figure out how I'm going to wire the element and protect it. Not sure I like the jb weld method.
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:52 AM   #16
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This should be most of it. I'll update



Element - http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EME...754?Pid=search

Pump - http://greatbreweh.com/Beer_Pump.html

Auber instruments - electronics
Project box - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=143
PID - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...&products_id=3
SSR - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...products_id=30
Heat sink - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=244
Contactor - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=129
E-stop - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=259
Push button switch x3 - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=223
Buzzer alarm - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=215
Alarm switch - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=236
Rtd sensor w deluxe cable - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=107

Brew hardware.com
Weldless sight glass - probe installs here - http://www.brewhardware.com/wlsightglass/61-wlstnt
Weldless bulkhead w street elbow addon - http://www.brewhardware.com/valves/59-weldless-bulkhead
Ball valve - http://www.brewhardware.com/valves/69-ball-valve
Camlocks and silicone tubing for my needs
1" locknut and silicone gasket for element

eBay
Fuse housing - fast blow fuses - capacitors - few bucks shipped from hong kong

Amazon
Terminal block - http://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Interna...terminal+block

Lowes
12g Extension cord to hack up
14g wire
Crimp terminals
Male and female plug ends

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Thanks a lot bro for the info

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Old 08-10-2012, 12:12 AM   #18
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Well I got everything completed and first brew done! I want to give PJ a big thank you for the drawing, it's exactly what I wanted. It was a true joy to brew on this system.

First, I got the element wired up. I decided to try using this 1 1/4" rubber coupling. Other than the weird smell, it seems to work great. I stole this idea somewhere on this forum. I found a male adapter that fits perfect in the coupling. I like the light at the female end of the extension cord I hacked up. Let's me see when the element is on.



I decided to try BM's Cream of Three Crops for my first brew, sounds perfect for football season. Here is the system setup for mash in.



The recirculation works great, I overshot my og because I planned for 70% efficiency but got 79%. I also used my ugly junk corona mill for the first time.





After a 10 min mashout at 170 it took 20 mins to get to a hard rolling boil. I left the PID at 100% manual mode and liked the boil strength for the 3.5 gallons. I boiled off .75 gallon an hour like in my water test last night. I think the 10" diameter pot is keeping the boil off rate low.



I forgot to take a pic of my plate chiller setup. It took about 10 mins to get from boiling down to 89' which is the ground water temp right now. I pumped into the better bottle and put it away in the ferm freezer to chill down.




I checked it after 4 hours and I was down to 65'. Pitched half a pouch of US-05.



Can't wait to brew again!

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Well I got everything completed and first brew done! I want to give PJ a big thank you for the drawing, it's exactly what I wanted. It was a true joy to brew on this system.

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You did a fantastic job making your controller. It looks really nice and neat.

It pleases me a great deal to see your success in the adventure. I'm glad that I was of some help in your plan.

Congrats.

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Old 08-10-2012, 10:30 PM   #20
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Back to back brew days! Today I brewed up Wayne's Blue Moon clone. This just gets more fun each time! Took some lessons learned yesterday and pretty much nailed my volumes and gravities. A few pics from today.

Get a real nice hot break.


This is my chiller setup. Can only get down to 89' with the summer temps, took 8 mins.


Going into ferm chest to chill down to pitching temp.


Chilled for a couple hours and time to pitch yeast.


Shot of the ferm chest, cream of three crops from yesterday really took off fast.


I guess this will conclude my build thread. I really love this system, it's perfect for my needs. One more thank you P-J!

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