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Old 09-22-2012, 02:48 AM   #11
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1) Yes, your thinking is correct. You will draw under 20A with everything running. The only thing to be mindful of is what else is running on the circuit you are using.
2) I have made power cords in the past for most builds. Otherwise, you should be able to get a heavy duty cord at most big box stores. Just ask for some help.
3) From experience, you can use any old extension cord you have lying around. I have used tiny junky old cords for triple brewdays on my 120/2000W rig and the cord never even got warm. That said, I do have a 12AWG cord that I use all the time (the earlier example happened when I forgot my power cord while brewing away from home). For continuous duty, 12AWG is required, but your use wouldn't qualify as continual duty. Long and the short, try to find a 12AWG cord; don't kill yourself to do it.
Thanks a lot...glad to hear someone else has done this with success -- and not burned down their house! I know the basics of electricity and am learning more as I go, but I always like to confirm stuff when I'm unsure.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:17 PM   #12
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This cord worked out great...thanks.
Glad it worked out. I can't believe I actually had relevant info to add. I am still building my 120v 2000w brewery. This is taking way longer than I imagined. Mostly because I only have 2-3 hours a week to spend on it. I am done with HLT w herms though.

Learned a great little lesson the other day. Using all Brewers Hardware fittings for ports, herms coil etc. Cut all six holes with my 13/16" punch and was tickled how much cleaner they came out than step bit. Then realized the fittings are machined slightly larger than standard 1/2" fittings. Doh! When Derrin says 7/8" hole needed he means it. Completely my fault of course. I still love those single piece fittings.
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Glad it worked out. I can't believe I actually had relevant info to add. I am still building my 120v 2000w brewery. This is taking way longer than I imagined. Mostly because I only have 2-3 hours a week to spend on it. I am done with HLT w herms though.

Learned a great little lesson the other day. Using all Brewers Hardware fittings for ports, herms coil etc. Cut all six holes with my 13/16" punch and was tickled how much cleaner they came out than step bit. Then realized the fittings are machined slightly larger than standard 1/2" fittings. Doh! When Derrin says 7/8" hole needed he means it. Completely my fault of course. I still love those single piece fittings.
Yeah, and it was perfect timing; I was literally in Lowes (for the second time that day) looking for a suitable power cord when I got your response. It's great when things work out like that!
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Thanks again for the assistance, everyone...here's the final product:

My new RIMS control panel

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