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Old 10-05-2011, 03:30 AM   #21
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I'm not in a rental, worse-- I live with my folks. The italian don't-touch-anything-in-the-house kind of folks. hahaha. I could talk to them about adding a 240v, but I hope to be moving out in a few months and would like to take my gear with me.

I do have ventilation, but no idea what gfci is. hahaha, will it say it near my breaker? (i'm going to check it out when I get home tonight and will post what I see.

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here's some info on gfci. If you look at the outlets in a bathroom you should see a test and reset button, those are ground fault circuit interrupter outlets. http://www.howstuffworks.com/question117.htm basically they monitor the current going out to current returning to make sure you are not getting electrocuted (i'm sure someone will be along with a more technical description, but that will give you an idea). Considered a must for electric brewing (there are also gfci breakers that do the job too.)

That is one stuffed circuit breaker box.


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Old 10-05-2011, 03:35 AM   #22
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That is one stuffed circuit breaker box.
That's nothing, probably just a large home! I've seen panels that size with tandem breakers in every slot!


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Can someone add a link to the 2000watt 120V element? I'm humoring this same idea!

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Old 10-09-2011, 09:04 PM   #24
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I use two of the 2000w Camco brand. You can get them at Home Depot.

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I use two of the 2000w Camco brand. You can get them at Home Depot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oWkMMjamuc
Awesome!

Do you have any links or more pictures of how you wired them up?
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I recently built a 120v rims setup. I use two separate 15a loops of my house to power 2 1500w elements in the kettle, and then have a third 1500w element in the rims tube. I use a pid on one loop to control the rims tube or %age of power to one of the kettle elements and the other loop has an outlet for an element and one for the pump, each controlled with a wall switch. A possibility for your scenario, though really the point is that an electric kettle with 120v is certainly doable.

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Old 10-10-2011, 11:35 AM   #27
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Do you have any links or more pictures of how you wired them up?
I am terrible at taking pics of my builds; when I photograph them things that I jinx it.

I did the JB Weld 'potting' method. Just bought 1" PVC couplers to fit the elements and then put a wrap of scotch tape to hold it to the element base during gluing. Wired up my cords, being careful to pull out the ground for later and keep the cord mostly centered in the base. Each cord got a full package (both tubes) of JB weld. I did not use acetone. Pour JB weld, use a toothpick to purge the air then let dry overnight.

I used the Harbor Freight knockout punch set to punch the keg holes. They make a hole that's actually a bit big, but with an extra set of silicone O rings, the weldless kit from bargainfittings made them leak free. Most will use a step bit or hole saw for this step.

Drilled holes on the skirt for the ground, added solderless connectors and used small SS screws/nuts to secure.

I was in a rush so did not add switches. I am actually thinking of building a timer box with outlets and heavy duty timers shortly. This way, dough-in water is at the right temp when I wake up.

Also a great idea is to connect your brew rig ONLY to GFCI protected outlets.


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