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Old 03-21-2012, 03:38 AM   #11
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I work as a maint. mech in a scrapyard. They came in as scrap stainless. (1) 55gal. drum, (2) 200L vessels, (2) 60 gal. pots. Its like working in a candy store.

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:44 AM   #12
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Nice.... so sweet, looking for kegs myself. I want to move to electric and jump up to 15 gallon batches.

Great work so far going to kewl watching your build.
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The contactors and power distribution block came today so it's time to figure out the panel layout. The contactors are 2 pole 30A used to isolate the SSRs. The fuses are for the elements and breakers for the pumps and panel control circuit.

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Old 03-23-2012, 01:37 AM   #16
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I work as a maint. mech in a scrapyard. They came in as scrap stainless. (1) 55gal. drum, (2) 200L vessels, (2) 60 gal. pots. Its like working in a candy store.
I'm wondering how many elements it will take to bring 20-40 gallons of wart up to boiling...i'm asking becuse my boil kettle is a 60 gal. pot (found at a scrap yard) I currently brew using propane but have been toying with the idea of going electric but havn't really seen..until now some one using pots my size
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I'm wondering how many elements it will take to bring 20-40 gallons of wart up to boiling...
Someone ran some calc's on size and elements + times in a previous post. Do a search. Also, check out Kal's site (theelectricbrewery.com - forum section) on bbl build - I think he has the times posted there as well.
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I'm building using (2) 5500W in each (HLT,BK). ULWD in the BK, purchased at Home Depot. BK is pic on the left.

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Checking out your panel layout. Seems like your panel is maybe 10" deep? Just be careful of possible depth problems. Those PIDs are 100MM deep. Almost 4" deep. Assuming the contactors are the tallest thing in your panel (the breakers may be), the contactors are usually 3" deep or more. Your backboard usually is 1" above the panel back. That's 8" total. Just make sure you dont have any conflicts. I almost had a disaster when I placed my relays too close to my PIDs, but luckily the timer is a lot shallower than the PIDs and everything worked out fine.

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Id personally go with 2x 4500w Ripp elements, they are the lowest watt density available and ive had some BAD history with high-watt-density elements. Weird tasting beer & hard as hell to clean.

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