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Old 01-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #11
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Looks great. I'd love to see a shot of it with the basket in if you don't mind.
Sure thing!

Next to the basket:


Basket is in:


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Old 01-21-2013, 01:14 PM   #12
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Almost ready!

Wiring the elements.


The kettle is complete. Pardon the dust.


And look what came in the mail!


Just waiting on my GBE pump to arrive from Canada, and then it's show time!

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:34 AM   #13
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Very Sharp! If I ever go electric this is what I will do

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:09 AM   #14
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My pump has finally arrived, so last night I decided to do a "dry" (or more accurately, "wet") run of the system with about 6 gallons of water.

I ran an autotune for the PID, but I think I'll have to repeat it again - it was still overshooting the target temp by a couple degrees. Another issue I discovered (that was mentioned by other posters) - even this pretty massive heatsink was getting very hot to the touch (probably around 150F). So another design change - I'm adding a 120v 120mm fan to the heatsink to help dissipate this heat - I will wire it to the PID power feed, that way the fan will be on together with the PID.

Other than that, the system worked near flawlessly; the only issues I had to deal with was priming the pump so it would start pushing liquid, and I need to figure out a whirlpool fitting to recirculate my plate chiller return and prevent stratification. I was thinking something similar to this thread.

A couple shots of my system in action (with plain water so far):


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Old 01-29-2013, 03:12 AM   #15
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Russki,

Just curious what the pump's power supply is rated? I bought a similar pump but didn't get a power supply with it, hoping I have a similar one around the house somewhere not being used.

Thanks. Awesome build. I'm building a pretty much identical one so I'm hoping mine will look half as good.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:23 PM   #16
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Russki,

Just curious what the pump's power supply is rated? I bought a similar pump but didn't get a power supply with it, hoping I have a similar one around the house somewhere not being used.

Thanks. Awesome build. I'm building a pretty much identical one so I'm hoping mine will look half as good.

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It's a 2A 12VDC power supply - if you have an old laptop adapter, that should work.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #17
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Where did you find your steel cart or shelves? I like the simplicity.

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It's a 2A 12VDC power supply - if you have an old laptop adapter, that should work.
Thanks for the quick response. Not that you would neccesarily know, but any idea if a power supply rated higher would damage the pump? I would think the pump would draw the power it needed, so as long as you had a 2A 12VDC as a minimum you'd be okay.

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Nevermind. I came across my answer. For anyone else wondering, it should be 12volts, but the Amps can be higher than 2.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:34 AM   #19
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Where did you find your steel cart or shelves? I like the simplicity.
It's an 18"x36" shelving unit from Target - I got it on sale for $30. It's not the sturdiest thing in the world, but it's light and easy to move around. They sell casters for it for too.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:16 AM   #20
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Just curious, do you have any trepidation about putting your basket on your heating elements?

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