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Old 12-14-2010, 09:52 PM   #31
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Thanks to everyone for the quick responses.

Kal, its not so much that i dont know anything about electricity, i have a decent working knowledge and have been trying to read and learn as much as i can. I am also using my electricians at work to my advantage and having them inspect my work prior to firing it all up. I think i might order the cord/plug you have listed on your website as an extra precaution, but i think this weekend i might brew just with my normal plug. I think another reason i question the use of a gfci is because if you look at a normal residential water heater its not wired into a gfci breaker on the panel (at least i've never seen one done that way). or am i way off base?

(the reason i keep questioning everyone is to learn while still being safe, please dont interpret my questions as a slight against your knowledge)

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:02 PM   #32
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I would spend the cash and put a GFI breaker in your panel. That way everything on the circuit is protected and not just what's attached to that pigtail.

Please don't brew without a GFI.

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:07 PM   #33
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everything would be going through that "pigtail".

I've sent the supplier an email to see how much it would cost to have it shipped to me by friday. I REALLY want to brew this weekend....

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:22 PM   #34
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Thanks to everyone for the quick responses.

Kal, its not so much that i dont know anything about electricity, i have a decent working knowledge and have been trying to read and learn as much as i can. I am also using my electricians at work to my advantage and having them inspect my work prior to firing it all up. I think i might order the cord/plug you have listed on your website as an extra precaution, but i think this weekend i might brew just with my normal plug. I think another reason i question the use of a gfci is because if you look at a normal residential water heater its not wired into a gfci breaker on the panel (at least i've never seen one done that way). or am i way off base?

(the reason i keep questioning everyone is to learn while still being safe, please dont interpret my questions as a slight against your knowledge)
No issues at all! (Though I admit my knowledge is slight as compared to some others here...!). I sounds like you're doing everthing right and will get lots of differing opinions.

Can you brew without a GFI? Sure. Would I do it? No. No right or wrong answer here.

Maybe my post was mis-leading: I didn't mean for someone to think that a GFI should always be used. I simply wanted to recommend to others that the only person who can make this decision is the brewer themselves. The answer's not as black and white as ""you must have one" or "you don't need one".

Happy brewing!

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Old 12-14-2010, 11:10 PM   #35
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I've sent the supplier an email to see how much it would cost to have it shipped to me by friday.
Why not just contact your local electrical distributor? Those pup's are standard stock. Forget the Home Hell, which is a rip off. But, if you live in the boonies, you may have to do mail order. Good luck with the brew.
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:00 AM   #36
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Too late, lol, purchased and arriving on friday. Still on schedule to brew this weekend

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Still on schedule to brew this weekend
What are you going to brew for the inaugural batch?
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:34 AM   #38
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i was thinking of trying out enohcs american IPA

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/my-2...can-ipa-81478/

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Good lookin' Rig. Good luck w/your first batch

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Ok finished all wiring yesterday, I added a 4a breaker in the panel to protect my switches and lights. I also build a pump mount for my chugger. This morning as I was eating a breafast of champions, (eggs, bacon, coffee, bagel) my gfci cord arrived (kinda shocked knowing how Canada post usually operates, lol). I wired that up this morning and tested it out, no issues. I officially started my first brewday at 1:30. So far not too many issues. Missed my mash temp 154 (under at 148), I might have to add more insulation to my MLT. Vorlauf completed and 3 gal collected for first running. I just added 3.5 gal of sparge water, 5 min to go before I can start collecting again. Wish me luck

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