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Old 02-06-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Arsenal City Brewing - E-BIAB Build

After much help from these forums, and my pre-build thread found here, my build is complete!

It is a 20 gallon, 5500watt Camco powered, Auber PID controlled BIAB Brewery.

It seems I can do 10 gallons final product of a high gravity brew on it. I think I could kick it up to 12 or 13 with lower gravities.

First, I will show my plans. Attached is the brewery layout, and the electrical diagram (Thanks PJ!). For more detail, see the thread above, or ask questions here!

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Old 02-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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Got my pot and a whole big delivery of goodies! I think it was a good idea to do electric brewing. I dont think this will heat very well on my stove!

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Started work on my control panel. Never wired anything before... it's pretty tough on your fingers! Especially the 10gauge wire.

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Built the stand. I had a few freinds who had about 28' of 2x2 steel, with holes cut out in it. I "don't know" how they got it, but it works really well for my uses. I cut it into lengths (ugh that was a pain), and then fitted it with 5.5" carriage bolts, lock washers, and nuts.

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Marked the holes, and used a Milwakee Holesaw to make my cuts. This was the first one. Did NOT use enough oil. I cannot reccomend that enough. Every hole afterwards took 1/4 the time with the proper amount of cutting oil. Third pic is a dry fitting of bulkheads and components. And finally a view of the heating element in place.

I made 4 holes for 1/2" bulkheads (Pump Out, ThermoProbe/Sightglass, Recirc In, Chiller In), and one for the Camco Element.

Lessons learned here. Get the exact right holesaw/stepbit/punch. My HD, Lowes, Ace did not have the exact right hole punch for my element, so I went the closest size smaller. Ended up dremmeling out my hole for at least an hour. Kept it round, and ended up with a good seal... but it was a PITA.

I then used the dremmel and a file to clean up any burrs from my holes.

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Some electical done...

Added the GFCI to the wall, and wired it to my 30amp drier cord.

Wired my GFCI to my Control Panel.

And a view of my Control Panel Wiring.

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And finally, completed system!

I've also made some improvements to this... and I'll get some pictures of those later.


Please fire away with comments, concerns, or questions!

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Consider putting an outlet on the spa panel for the brewery control box. Probably $20-30 for the outlet and connector.

I would also use a 4-wire dryer cord or similar for an extra $20.

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Consider putting an outlet on the spa panel for the brewery control box. Probably $20-30 for the outlet and connector.

I would also use a 4-wire dryer cord or similar for an extra $20.
Its a good call on the outlet/connector. I didn't think I would need it, but it would be very nice to move it out of the way. It's on my list of improvements.

Why a 4 prong cord tho? It's a 3 prong cord with an extra 10gauge wire for ground. Besides asthetics, what's the benefit there?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:51 PM   #10
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What kind of kettle is that?

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