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Old 02-24-2013, 04:22 AM   #1
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Default Just finished my Electric Brew Kettle! (Literally...)

I just had to share with you guys because I'm SUPER excited that I can now Brew AG indoors! When you live in a townhouse in NW PA like I do, it's no fun to drag the propane burner out into the 10°F bipolar weather we have around here! (I'm sure many of you already know this and share the same sentiments) So, I literally just applied the power and turned everything on and it worked perfectly the first time! (I had NO doubts!!) See, my SWMBO doesn't share the same excitement as I, so I thought I'd share my excitement with some like minded folk!

Now, this was kind of like just put together the essentials to get it working and I plan on adding on some more bells and whistles later, but it will get me through a brew day.

Now, let's put this puppy through it's paces! Tomorrow on the brew schedule, an amped up RIS!

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Congrats! Any pics? Or details? I'm assuming 110v? Your gonna love electric!

Oh, and go pens!

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Congratulations! I know how you feel about needing to share the excitement. I drew up a layout of my future control panel and I sent it to my brew buddies and even they were all [crickets] so I'm there with you on the excitement of reaching a new brewing equipment milestone.

Share some pics!

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Thanks for sharing in my excitement!

This rig is a converted keg that started out on propane.

I added a 2" triclover ferule and to that attached a 5500W Camco heating element. I wanted to be albe to do 10 gallon batches in the future, hence the 5500W element. It's controlled by a cheap 40A SSR from Amazon which is controlled by an Auber PID (which still needs some fine tuning apparently). It's all powered by a 240V 25A GFCI protected circuit. You'll have to excuse my basement (my daughter's play area is in the background) we just moved in a few months ago and the basement is still a work in progress.

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You're still using your propane burner as a stand? That's pretty funny. I think the old burner is going to get jealous.

That looks like a serious element connector there. Is that triclover?

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You're still using your propane burner as a stand? That's pretty funny. I think the old burner is going to get jealous.

That looks like a serious element connector there. Is that triclover?
Yeah! It is! I didn't have anything else to put it on!

The element connector is from brewershardware.com. It's a pretty slick tool!

If only I could figure out why my PID is boiling the sh!t out of my test water when it's reading 122°F I'd be golden!
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I think I figured out my problem. As a matter of fact, I'm certain I figured out my problem. I am (mistakenly) using a temperature probe for a LOVE TS with my Auber PID. Now. I understand (now) that the LOVE TS probes are 1000Ω@25°C thermistors. I'm beginning to get the impression that I won't be able to use this probe with my Auber SYL-2352 PID. If I can, does anyone know what the Sn property should be set to?

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I added a 2" triclover ferule and to that attached a 5500W Camco heating element.
(my daughter's play area is in the background)
Nice job on your kettle.
Gathering all the information I can for building mine. Going to use the Tri Clover element fitting also. Is the 2" ferule on your kettle the short or long one.

Way to think ahead on brewing near the playroom. She plays(while being closely watched of course) you brew, sublimily brewing becomes a fun/way of life for her. Next thing you know she is the Brewmaster of her own brewery and you get to retire and live upstairs. You sir are a genius.
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Way to think ahead on brewing near the playroom. She plays(while being closely watched of course) you brew, sublimily brewing becomes a fun/way of life for her. Next thing you know she is the Brewmaster of her own brewery and you get to retire and live upstairs. You sir are a genius.
Ha! Thanks Inkleg! When I read that, my daughter was playing a game about being a scientist on PBS kids. I immediately turned to her and told her to pay close attention!

But I think she's just going to take over her dad's already prosperous empire of beer brewing and I'll be living in one of my five summer homes!

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Is the 2" ferule on your kettle the short or long one.
I used the long ferule. I punched a 2" hole in my keg with a 1 1/2" conduit punch. It was a slight bit tight so I opened it up a bit with a SS air grinder. Then my buddy (I'm the student) TIG'd the ferule do the edge was just protruding into the kettle. Welded on the outside of the keg at about 30A. He did a pretty decent job given the lack of purge gas on the inside of the weld. We'll see if it rusts after the maiden brew...
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