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ThickHead 01-12-2013 10:44 PM

My Electric BK
 
Apartment living can, and often does, present challenges to my homebrewing ambitions. My brewing process has, to this point, never really left my stove-top. I have been lucky enough in that the last two apartments, that I have called home, came with a decent stove installed. Full boils for my 5.5 gal batches were achievable, if only just. Even then, it takes a dreadful long time to get my wort to boil temps and to describe the boil as "rolling" could be considered, by some, an optimistic appraisal.

Since I have the ambition to step up my batch capacity to 11 gallon batches I was going to have to upgrade equipment in my process that addressed the boil capacity weakness. This meant a Boil Kettle upgrade and I wanted to go electric. I have no intention to change my mashing process at this time, which is done on the stove-top using 1 to 2 7.5 gallon pots (BIAB style). I can continue to mash my 5.5 gallon batches and even mash 11 gallon batches using this method.

My intention was to upgrade to a 13 to 20 gallon Boil Kettle and install a 5500w Camco ULWD burner which I could run from any 240v 30amp service with a simple control device. Here is what I came up with:

13 gallon "Milk Can" kettle with tri-clover sanitary fittings, Kal's Heating Element kit and a 240v 30amp variable output control panel:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/2...0091-57965.jpg

Kal's Heating Element Kit installed with a tri-clover sanitary fitting:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/2...0089-57966.jpg

Inside Boil Kettle (element installed):
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/2...0093-57967.jpg

Control panel:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/2...0096-57969.jpg

Test boil in progress:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/images/2...0094-57968.jpg

Works perfectly! I draw power from the 240v 30amp service that is installed for the dryer in my laundry closet. With some careful wiring (with the oversight of an expert) a bit of adjustment to Kal's Heating Element Kit installation process (to fit my sanitary fitting connections) and the use of a 240v 30amp GFCI cord, this thing is ready for its maiden brew!

heckels 01-13-2013 01:05 AM

Nice work! I, too, am limited to the stove in the winter and find myself in much the same place as you.

I'm almost thinking I should put something like this together with a 1500W element that I could plug right into the wall to supplement the stove top.

matc 01-13-2013 03:11 AM

nice ! I like the milk kettle ! Are you still gonna be able to put that kettle under your kitchen hood when boiling ?

ThickHead 01-13-2013 04:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matc (Post 4779390)
I like the milk kettle!

Thanks! I chose this for my kettle because it is configured for a secondary use for me as well. Works great for a Boil Kettle.

Quote:

Are you still gonna be able to put that kettle under your kitchen hood when boiling ?
It sits on the floor in front of my stove during a boil, so the draw from my range hood provides sufficient ventilation. I just put it on the counter top for the photos.

brewfreeordie 01-13-2013 11:23 AM

LOVE the milk kettle. Where'd ya get it?

fpweeks 01-13-2013 12:33 PM

Many of the sites we are not allowed to discuss on here sell them for the "other" use.

ThickHead 01-13-2013 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brewfreeordie (Post 4779879)
LOVE the milk kettle. Where'd ya get it?

Quote:

Originally Posted by fpweeks (Post 4779946)
Many of the sites we are not allowed to discuss on here sell them for the "other" use.

This. :mug:

Bullmano 01-13-2013 01:50 PM

Was your control panel something that you designed and built? If so, could you post some details?

ThickHead 01-13-2013 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bullmano (Post 4780105)
Was your control panel something that you designed and built? If so, could you post some details?

I purchased the control panel. Sent you a PM with more info.

ThickHead 01-15-2013 02:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by heckels (Post 4778961)
I'm almost thinking I should put something like this together with a 1500W element that I could plug right into the wall to supplement the stove top.

I don't see why that would not work for you. I have yet to see anyone build something like that so it would be an interesting DYI project to watch develop.


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