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Old 09-08-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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Here it goes... Like many, I recently jumped on the electric bandwagon. In short, I was fed up with my propane setup and was intrigued by Kal's setup (SWMBO not so much). Fortunately she is understanding and supports my brewing habits. After a good amount of research, I began ordering parts and putting things together about a month ago. The biggest decision to make was what exactly I wanted in the setup and how to go about it.

I decided for the time being to turn my keggles (HLT and BK) into e-keggles and continuing to use my cooler mash tun for now. As for the panel, I decided on a slightly more simplified panel than Kals, but that I could expand in the long run. The result is two 5500w elements being controlled by a single pid (the goal is to switch to blichmans and add 2 more pids at the first of the year). I chose an enclosure like the electricbrewery and incorporated a very similar switch setup as well as a volt and amp meter, etc. I plan on continuing to use my single pump and plate chiller for the time being.

So far I have completed the two e-keggles and have put together most of the control panel. The plan is to finish up the panel tonight if possible. Unfortunately, I put a dent in the panel door that needs to be fixed. After that all I have left is the main power for the panel. For the time being I am going to continue brewing in the garage and decided my best bet was the coveted "Home Depot Spa Panel." Based on my garage layout, I am going to mount the spa panel about 5 feet from the main panel and run conduit to the outlet location (this is what I have been most worried about/putting off).

Once the power is run I should be good to go. My goal is to brew a first batch on the setup this weekend. I have tried to take pictures along the way, but I am not near as consistent as some. When I get home from work this evening I will try to post some up. Any information, guidance, or comments are appreciated.

As a side note, I would like to give a special thanks to Kal and P-J. You guys are the only reason I was able to tackle this build...

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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We want pics!

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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Thank you, I didn't want to be the first to say it! How can you have a build thread without pics? Impossible! It's a matter of etiquette.

(I know you said you were going to post some, just giving you a hard time )

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Understood... My boss would likely not agree. Pics will be up shortly

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Old 09-08-2011, 09:53 PM   #5
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Can't wait....I'm about to embark on a similar e-build as well, so the more the better!

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Old 09-09-2011, 04:02 AM   #6
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As promised here are some pics. More shortly...


HLT


HLT Again


BK


Element mounts (same as Kal)


Plug


Start of wiring. I have more pics now, but can't locate them at the moment. Wiring is completely done except for the xlr connector.


Front of the panel. It is kind of plain without tags, but I am working on that. As you can probably tell, the enclosure is a little bigger (16x20). I was hesitant at first but it worked out ok. The plan is to add another pid on either side of the current and then center the timer below the middle one. I should also have room for a decent size badge b/w the pump switches.


Quick plug of my Keezer. I built this back at the first of the year and this is a pic taken the day i finished it. Since then I have added two more taps, I will try to get an updated pic.


Upclose of the tile. I think it came out pretty good. Switch is for leds below the faucets. Controlled via a johnson controller.

That is all I have for now. Should be able to update more through the weekend.

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Very nice!

What's that handle thing in the BK?

Duh, never mind, that's a glass lid isn't it?

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Yeah its the lid. Probably should have taken it off, but didn't really think about it at the time.

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Looks great....love the keezer as well. I finished the tap handles and another trim piece to accommodate 4 tap faucets for mine last night and should have my 4th tap/beer line/etc. in a couple of days from kegconnection.com. Check it out when you get a chance. I have 3 SS kegs that are in beautiful condition. I started polishing them about 6 mo. ago, but the basement finishing project took over and I never even proceeded to cut the tops out. My keezer will be 100% complete in a few days and this weekend I am making a big push to wrap up the drop ceiling in the basement. I purchased an angle grinder and cut off wheels a month or so ago, so I am ready to start my keggles soon. Would you mind pricing out the components and listing where you got them from? It would be a great help. Congrats on you builds!

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Looks great....love the keezer as well. I finished the tap handles and another trim piece to accommodate 4 tap faucets for mine last night and should have my 4th tap/beer line/etc. in a couple of days from kegconnection.com. Check it out when you get a chance. I have 3 SS kegs that are in beautiful condition. I started polishing them about 6 mo. ago, but the basement finishing project took over and I never even proceeded to cut the tops out. My keezer will be 100% complete in a few days and this weekend I am making a big push to wrap up the drop ceiling in the basement. I purchased an angle grinder and cut off wheels a month or so ago, so I am ready to start my keggles soon. Would you mind pricing out the components and listing where you got them from? It would be a great help. Congrats on you builds!
I appreciate the compliments on the Keezer. It is probably my favorite thing out of all my HB equipment. As for yours, trust me I have seen your thread and was thoroughly impressed by the rustic feel and overall look. Great job. As for 4 taps, I could use another as my keezer will hold 4 kegs. Problem is that I centered my first tap and would either have to make it 5 to be symmetrical or replace the front board where the taps are mounted. I wish I would have polished my kegs first, but now it would be a pain. I did take the angle grinder to the lettering and grinded them down to smooth with the keg (no more BMC logos). Doing this certainly cleaned them up and I would highly reccommend it as it was relatively easy and not that time consuming. Finally, as for pricing components, I have a word document on my laptop at home with a breakdown of where everything was purchased, etc. When I get home this evening I can gladly post a copy of it.
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