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Old 03-17-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default Electric brewing on a budget

I have acquired three sanke kegs and would like to start getting parts together to go all electric. Every thread I've seen that lists parts and prices is usually well above what I'm willing to spend. Without factoring in a brewstand, what can I expect to spend on an electric setup? I won't need a wort chiller, I plan on using a gravity fed system, and the kegs have already been purchased.

Is it possible to do for ~$300-500?

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Old 03-17-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
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If you already have a chiller and a burner you could still get a pump and have a two tier RIMS system for about $500.

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Old 03-18-2011, 01:31 AM   #3
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So I have 2 1500 watt elements installed in my BK. Total for all the parts and fittings was less than 100 bucks, including 2 50 ft extension cords. Granted, it's not a RIMS system, but depending on how simple or complicated you want it to be you can make it for the same or less than a propane system.

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Are you just talking about heating water and wort with a heat stick? If not, do you plan on the elements having some sort of variable control, i.e. PID, etc? You could build a heatstick and plug it I to a GFCI outlet pretty cheaply. The control and hard wiring is where the price starts to escalate.

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Old 03-18-2011, 02:43 AM   #5
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I am just now helping a local guy piece together a fully electric HERMS system and it's going to cost about $500, and that includes a wort pump, a spa panel to give him GFCI, and two electric kettles, each at 5500W of power (but only one kettle running at a time).

If you just want an electric kettle to heat (PID controlled) and boil in, then you can do it for WELL under $500.

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I can give you a quick price listing if you can tell me a few things.

(1) Do you have a 240v outlet that you can use?
(2) Does it take a 3-prong or 4-prong plug?
(3) is it GFCI protected?
(4) how far is the outlet from where you will be brewing?
(5) Do you want the ability to heat water to a specific temp automatically, or will you monitor temps and control the heat manually?

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I can give you a quick price listing if you can tell me a few things.

(1) Do you have a 240v outlet that you can use?
(2) Does it take a 3-prong or 4-prong plug?
(3) is it GFCI protected?
(4) how far is the outlet from where you will be brewing?
(5) Do you want the ability to heat water to a specific temp automatically, or will you monitor temps and control the heat manually?
Unfortunately I don't have any of this information, as I am moving out of my apartment at the end of this month. I plan on turning one of the rooms in the basement of the new place into my "brewery". There are a washer/drier down there, so I'm assuming there is a 240v outlet. I have no qualms about unplugging a drier to brew
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Unfortunately I don't have any of this information, as I am moving out of my apartment at the end of this month. I plan on turning one of the rooms in the basement of the new place into my "brewery". There are a washer/drier down there, so I'm assuming there is a 240v outlet. I have no qualms about unplugging a drier to brew
As Walker has mentioned it's very difficult to give you an estimate on cost without the information he has requested. At the very least you need to know how much power is available to you and if it is GFCI protected.
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The house I'm moving into was built in the early 1900's. Judging by the appliances in the kitchen and the hot-water radiators throughout the house, it's not going to be GFCI protected. Can this be DIY? Or do I need to hire an electrician to install that for me?

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