Thanks a bunch for the responses guys.
Originally Posted by BadNewsBrewery
Overall seems sound. Are you sure your wiring is 20A? Most 20A sockets have one vertical and one 'T' shaped inlet on the plug. 15A only has two vertical. I believe most standard house-hold sockets are 15A.
Hmmm, definitely have the regular socket with 2 vertical slits. Maybe I was confusing the breaker limit with the socket rating. After posting, I reconsidered the 2000W element and decided to go with a 1500W element both to get an ultra-low density element and to build in a little more breathing room in the amperage. I think I'll still be fine with the heating element going into one socket and the other components powered by the other socket. I'll double check the actual limits before I build of course...
Originally Posted by jCOSbrew
I designed a similar compact setup. In my case the small pump mounts directly to kettle via cam locks.
If you want to expand past biab or use bcs get a large panel instead of a toolbox.
Nice set-up. I can't make it out in the picture, is the pump free floating and only held up by the attachment to the kettle? That seems like a good way to build Gabrew's controller without having the pump inside.
I don't see going beyond BIAB in the next 5 years, by then I'd probably want to start from scratch anyway. The main change I could see is getting access to more voltage or more amperage and upgrading the heating elements. I figured I could just wire it the heating element circuitry with those specifications in mind and be all set for the most likely upgrade to my brewing process.
Playing with a BCS would be fun and using it as a fermentation controller to get smooth ramping temperature changes for lagers would be a nice benefit. Why a large panel instead of a toolbox? I can't imagine I'd be hurting for space inside that large upper compartment.