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Old 09-22-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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Default Brew Magic to electric

I'm picking up a brew magic system tomorrow that's setup to run on residential natural gas. I don't have NG and I'd like to go all electric.

Since the brew magic already has an electric control for an e-RIMS mash tun, I'd only need to convert the HLT and BK.

Seems feasible that I could do a basic control box with one PID with the inputs wired to a socket to plug in the heater elements and temp probes where I could plug in the appropriate plugs when using the HLT and switch them over when I'm ready to boil.

I could probably keep the current RIMS system in place.

Has anyone on the forum gone through the effort of doing something like this? Someone posted a comment on theelectricbrewery.com about converting the brew magic over and I'm hoping that person is a member here.

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EDIT: 4/24/2012

This went from refurbishing a Sabco Brew Magic system from the ground up, converting it to electric from NG, and maintaining the RIMS portion of mash temp maintenance, to a HERMS build with a wiring diagram and some design influence from P-J. Eventually, after the build is complete, I'll post as much of the details (wiring diagram, parts list, etc) on this first post, and leave as much of the rest of the thread intact to see the design changes and thought process unfold and develop. The idea was to have an electric brewery with temperature controlled, recirculating mash designed to be as portable as possible for when my family moves. As sexy as Kal's build is, I didn't need some of the extra bells and whistles. I probably could have gone simpler (junction boxes instead of the triclover element housings, etc).

Here is the wiring diagram I'm working with, but I'm added a pair of indicator lights to show when the element is firing and maybe a keyed 2 position power switch.

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personally I would look into coverting to propane. It would be cheaper

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personally I would look into coverting to propane. It would be cheaper
I know the conversion would be, but I'd like to go electric. No fumes and cheaper operating expenses, and what appears to be easier temperature control.
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I dont see why you couldnt. Brew magic will tell you when to lite your burners, or in your case a "burner" would be your heating element. Sounds like a cool way to mod the system.

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How old is the BM you are getting?

They have not been, out of the box, programmed for heat rises via heating element.

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How old is the BM you are getting?

They have not been, out of the box, programmed for heat rises via heating element.
dont they have a thermo couple that tells you to turn your burner on/off? This is my understanding, so I would not see any issue with substituing heating sources
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Not saying it couldn't be done, just that by design the controller is not utilized for heat ramps. The RIMS chamber is strictly for heat maintenance. So, unless a secondary element were installed the controller would have to be re-programmed for heat changes.

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1999 I believe. I was really looking at building a reciculating e-BIAB system, but I can't pass this up considering it has the pump(s), three vessels, RIMS, stand, plumbing, etc. It probably won't have the fancy new touch screen, but I don't need that. It's cheaper than building the electric system I was considering by more than half.

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I was looking for relatively simple. I've been and extract/occasional PM brewer for about 100 gallons. I'm ready for all-grain.

I want to be able to do 10 gallon batches and need to upgrade basically everything I have to get to that capacity.

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Not saying it couldn't be done, just that by design the controller is not utilized for heat ramps. The RIMS chamber is strictly for heat maintenance. So, unless a secondary element were installed the controller would have to be re-programmed for heat changes.
agreed, you would have to have a stand alone electric heating system
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