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Old 03-22-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Finished electric rig, bye bye propane!

Just wanted to share my victory with people that actually care. SWMBO could care less...

This is my new HERMS 2 vessel single element rig. I plan on expanding to three vessels and adding an additional element somewhere down the road. The keggle on the left will double as HLT and BK. Since I'm batch sparging, I'll just drain first runnings into a bucket. I'm using a Auber 2352 PID, Camco 5500W element, 40A SSR, 25' 3/8 copper HERMS coil, stainless valves, camlock quick disconnects, Bobby M's sightglass/thermometer, DIY coutnerflow chiller and DIY hop stoppers (for both BK and MLT).

Ready for a wet test this weekend!

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Old 03-22-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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I thought that we might change to semi electric. I like the quick heat of propane but would like the control you have with the element. We use a HERMS (Chincilla) and control the temp of the Hot Water Bath with propane. We would raise to temp using prpopane and then control using a PID and an element. We have a Stout HLT with built in HERMS coil ordered. I will heat with propane but then add a RIMS tube with a PID to control the bath temperature. I am hoping for a BCS 462 on my Christmas list!

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Old 03-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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Looks great. Can't wait to see results of first run.

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Very Nice! I love that giant control box.

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those open bus bars in the box are a little worrying.... those are OK to use for ground/neutral connections, but not for hot wires. be very careful around them. if that SSR heatsink falls off you are in for some excitement...

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Just wanted to share my victory with people that actually care. SWMBO could care less...
LOL. Well, we think it looks great.
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those open bus bars in the box are a little worrying.... those are OK to use for ground/neutral connections, but not for hot wires. be very careful around them. if that SSR heatsink falls off you are in for some excitement...
yea, how are those buss bars secured - screws? Through the plastic?
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They're held on by one of my best friends JB Weld... I scratched/scored both surfaces and prepped with rubbing alcohol before attaching them. Not worried though, strong as a rock.

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How are you moving the SSR heat out of the box?

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How are you moving the SSR heat out of the box?
The picture of the box was when it was about 90% complete, I have an exhaust fan now. Although, not sure that it's totally needed. I've heard mixed reviews...
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