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Old 11-15-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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Default Building a new system - Need some help

So I am going to build a new system. Really want to go electric and all grain.

Firs though, RIMS or HERMS? I have read a lot and it seems like if I want to have the option to step mash I would have to go RIMS.

Is this true? Trying to decide with this option first and then I can post other questions.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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Read the "Any regrets going electric" thread - your question is discussed in depth towards the end.

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All right. Time to buy some brewery items! I'll be listing and editing the list as I go along.

Feel free to suggest or critize what I buy. Trying to learn the best way.

(3) Kegs (Already bought)
(2) Camco 5500W 240V Elements (What size O-rings and SS Nuts?)


Best place to buy a false bottom?

Since I am going to build a control panel, I will add thermometers anyway to the HLT and BK

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Get the 1" lock nut/oring kit from bargain fitting. Its a set and good quality. As for the false bottom, you can't get any better than the one from jay bird at Norcalbrewing.com.

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Thanks Gary! I will get them both from them!!

So I have access to a dryer outlet that is not being used. It looks like a Dual 30 amp breaker. That should be enough, right?

If that is enough, then I guess I can run power from that to a SPA Panel and from that to my control panel. Am I correct so far in my thinking?

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What size batches are you brewing? What size pots?

5500W 220v will handle can boil up arounds 17 gallons.

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What size batches are you brewing? What size pots?

5500W 220v will handle can boil up arounds 17 gallons.
Keggles so I will be brewing 10 gal batches. Should I go with a smaller wattage?
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Keggles so I will be brewing 10 gal batches. Should I go with a smaller wattage?
You could drop it to 4500W if you wanted and not notice a big difference. If you have only 30a to brew with and you're only using 1 element at a time, then I'd go with the 5500w element since it uses 23a and will get you there a little faster.
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You could drop it to 4500W if you wanted and not notice a big difference. If you have only 30a to brew with and you're only using 1 element at a time, then I'd go with the 5500w element since it uses 23a and will get you there a little faster.
How many amps do I need?
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The answer to that is how many electrical items will you have running?
With 30 amps you won't be able to run more than 1 element of either 4500w or 5500w at a time. Were you planning something different? How big are you planning for your RIMS element?

We really need to see what you are planning to do so we can get the full picture. Then other decisions can be made. Electric brewing on 30 amps is completely possible. With a RIMS, that's a little bit tougher. With a HERMS, aka Kal's theelectricbrewery, it's a bit easier.

4500w uses 18.75 amps
5500w uses 23 amps

Watts / voltage = amps

Pumps use probably an amp at most.

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