Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Do I need the cover on both sides of the gang box?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-08-2012, 02:39 PM   #1
RonPaul
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Earl, PA
Posts: 30
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Do I need the cover on both sides of the gang box?

I'm starting to plan my electric brew system and specifically, adding an element to my HLT (sanke keg).

I'm thinking of using a single gang box and I'm wondering if it's absolutely necessary to put the additional gang box cover (like kal does) on the back of the gang box, instead of just attaching the back of the gang box directly to the keg.

If the back of the gang box is flat, shouldn't it work just as well without the gang box cover there?

Thoughts?

__________________
RonPaul is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
bagpiperjosh
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Posts: 317
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I would. And did. Its to seal the elec wires from any splashing or moisture

bagpiperjosh is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-08-2012, 07:20 PM   #3
dragon99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: College Station, TX
Posts: 133
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I believe the problem would be that its harder to cut an exact size hole for the element directly in the gang box.

If you punch the 1 1/4" hole directly in the gang box then you can probably skip the back plate.

__________________

Homer: “I’m feelin’ low, Apu. You got any of that beer that has candy floating in it, you know, Skittlebrau?”
Apu: “Such a product does not exist, sir! You must have dreamed it.”
Homer: “Oh. Well then just gimme a six-pack and a couple of bags of Skittles.”

dragon99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2012, 03:01 PM   #4
Budzu
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 793
Liked 16 Times on 15 Posts

Default

I think what he is dealing with is a gang box with a 1" trade size threaded hole already in the back. An element can be screwed right into this. My concern would be the amount of threads left on the element to get purchase on the nut or coupler inside the keg. There isn't much thread on the element and I doubt there will be enough unless you punch that hole and let it come through the box flush with the blank cover.

I would just go with 1/2" holed box and make that hole in the back as Kal instructs.

__________________
Countertop Brutus Budzu-style
Budzu is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2012, 03:11 PM   #5
RonPaul
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Earl, PA
Posts: 30
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

You're right... there won't be enough thread to go through the keg. Thanks.

__________________
RonPaul is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #6
kal
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,054
Liked 197 Times on 135 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RonPaul View Post
You're right... there won't be enough thread to go through the keg. Thanks.
That's the main reason I did what I did...

Kal
__________________
TheElectricBrewery.com: A step by step guide to building your own electric brewery
My basement/bar/brewery build 2.0
kal is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
element cover McCuckerson Electric Brewing 62 09-02-2012 12:34 PM