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Old 01-30-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Electric Kettle Instructions

I have been trolling these boards for several years now and have begged, borrowed and stolen ideas from my fellow brewers in search of brewing a better beer. Now I would like to share a concept that I have been using to brew my beer.

Several years ago I came upon a BruHeat bucket and started to use it and fell in love with it. I then decided to try and build a better one and ultimately succeeded.

My biggest hang up was controling the water heater element. I did some research and came upon a controller called a simmerstat. Further research convinced me that this would work and I set about building my electric kettle.

I am currently on my third generation of my electric kettle. All have worked flawlessly and I have brewed more then 100 5 gallon batches using my electric kettle.

So after reading these boards and seeing all the different ideas on building a electric kettle I decided to share mine with my fellow brewers. I have written up very detailed instructions on building one. These include pictures, written instructions, parts list, and diagrams. I have compiled it into PDF format and I am know comfortable releasing it. I would like to post it on this forum but I do not think I can.

So if anyone is interested in receiving these instruction leave me a PM with your email and I will send it out to you.

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Old 01-30-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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So if anyone is interested in receiving these instruction leave me a PM with your email and I will send it out to you.

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Give it a try to post it here. If not PM me and I can at least put it on one of my sites and link to it.


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Old 01-30-2009, 05:52 PM   #3
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Attached is the PDF sent to me in email, with permission from the original poster.

Try this at your own risk, electricity can be deadly. Though these are great instructions you should have a fair bit of knowledge and respect for electricity before trying this.

The forum won't allow PDF over 15K, or zip over 95K, so you'll need to change the extension on this file to .pdf instead of eps

Because of that I've also hosted it here

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Nice work TD. Well done!

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Excellent work! This is probably a great primer for anyone wanting to build an electric stand.

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I like it alot and being an electrician I think I can set this up in my basement with some cool tweaks. My ideas are rolling. Thanks for the the idea and leg work.

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Very Well Done!! Thanks!!

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I like your work, nice job. Very professional looking finished product. Perhaps this is the push I need to stop w/ the heatsticks already. Thanks!

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I've been looking into the idea of going electric. Do you have a rough idea of the cost of the parts needed for this project?


Are the adjustable immersion heater worth looking into. This one has a limited range, but might be good for heating sparge and mash water, but is the price any good?

Vulcan WTP910A Automatic Bushing Immersion Heater

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I've been looking into the idea of going electric. Do you have a rough idea of the cost of the parts needed for this project?
I would say from start to finish $250.00 would cover it. On the Parts list I tried to itemize it as best that I could. You will notice that some of my materials were bought at Ace Hardware. You could save a considerable amount if you bought at the big box stores like Menards, Lowes and Home Depot.

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