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ceejengine 08-29-2011 05:10 PM

Location for pickup/valve & element
 
I have a Bayou 62qt (with steamer insert) that I'm getting ready to install a pickup/valve combination from Bargain Fittings, and wanted to make sure I left my options open for converting to an electric setup in the future. What kind of room do I need to leave for an element? And will I still have room for a sight glass/therm combo?

Thanks for all your help!

CidahMastah 08-29-2011 06:41 PM

Where ever you plan on installing your element put your ballvalve and dip tube at 90 degrees to the right or left, depending on where you want them. This way your ball valve pick up dip tube won't get in the way of your element (like if you install it 180 from the element.)

your site glass/ thermo can be anywhere except 180 from where you install your element (element might interfere with accurate temp reading).


see post 335 for how I did it on my hlt:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/ele...0/index34.html
My ball valve is 45 degrees to the right of my element when looking down at the pot. This pic doesn't have the ball valve install shown. I am considering putting in a sight glass for the HLT just above the ball valve, but not sure if I will do it yet.

johnodon 08-29-2011 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ceejengine (Post 3211544)
I have a Bayou 62qt (with steamer insert) that I'm getting ready to install a pickup/valve combination from Bargain Fittings, and wanted to make sure I left my options open for converting to an electric setup in the future. What kind of room do I need to leave for an element? And will I still have room for a sight glass/therm combo?

Thanks for all your help!

I have the same exact 62 qt. pot and this is my "mini" pickup tube. :)

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s...n/IMG_2680.jpg

Sorry, I don't have a pic handy with the element installed. I used a tee so I can install an anode in the long end as described here to help prevent element rusting: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/fo...=283775#283775

Even with the anode installed, I have plenty of room for the element.

BTW...the steamer insert is just AWESOME!!! It sits on the lip near the top of the pot and leaves plenty of room for teh element, pickup tube, thermo and anode.

John


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