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Schlomo 11-15-2012 02:54 AM

My nickel and dime eBIAB build
 
So I was given a set of kegs the other day from a coworker. I thought, "Perfect! Now i can do AG!!" And i finally started and semi finished my build. Only took 2 pics, before and after so you'll have to imagine the middle part but wanted to get some feedback.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-c...25282%2529.JPG

I read all of the posts of eBIAB rigs before i attempted mine. Its pretty simple and by pretty simple i mean it cant get much simpler. 2 Elements, 1500w and 2000w. I did it this way because i only have 1 available 20A circuit in my small apartment. Everything is GFCI protected, the 20A is protected on the outlet of my apartment, but i had to buy a GFCI outlet that is for the 15A that is part of my controller. Its simple, 2 switches both rated for their respective amperage. Everything is 12AWG.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-K...to+%283%29.JPG

Now all thats left to do is put it all into my keg. Im going to have to take it to SWMBO's parents to cut the top off, and im waiting on my step drill to do the holes for the elements. All in all, it was quite easy to do this, and I kept it under $150 for everything, not too bad. Hopefully i'll be able to do my first AG in the next week or two!!

Cheers

milesvdustin 11-15-2012 05:28 PM

Very nice budgeting! I have five times that in mine already! How do you plan on cutting the top off? I used a 3" air cutter from harbor freight and it worked great.

Schlomo 11-15-2012 06:23 PM

I was thinking the same, or if i need to i'll grab my dremel and get at it. Will take MUCH longer with the dremel, but i've got time. I'll probably grab an elec angle grinder soon so i might just use that if SWMBO's step dad doesnt have one (his garage is a mess)

OMJ 11-15-2012 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Schlomo (Post 4592717)
I was thinking the same, or if i need to i'll grab my dremel and get at it. Will take MUCH longer with the dremel, but i've got time. I'll probably grab an elec angle grinder soon so i might just use that if SWMBO's step dad doesnt have one (his garage is a mess)

I would get buy an angle grinder before using a dremel if I were you. Cutting the top off a keg with a dremel you will probably spend more in cutting disks than the cost of a grinder.

djt17 11-15-2012 06:41 PM

How are your elements mounted in those enclosures? Looks clean...:mug:

WAORGANY 11-15-2012 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by OMJ (Post 4592736)
I would get buy an angle grinder before using a dremel if I were you. Cutting the top off a keg with a dremel you will probably spend more in cutting disks than the cost of a grinder.

I second that not to mention would probably burn out the dremel..I did cutting holes for my PIDs in my control box buy a cheap HF grinder and have at her. GL.

Schlomo 11-15-2012 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by djt17 (Post 4592786)
How are your elements mounted in those enclosures? Looks clean...:mug:

Thanks, just used some JB weld to stick them in there and seal them shut. They don't let any water in, and they're in weatherproof electrical box so everything is nice and sealed.

milesvdustin 11-16-2012 04:38 PM

Yeah a dremel will not go very far cutting up a keg. I only used mine for the pid and timer spots on the control panel. If you go to harbor freight don't get the ten dollar angle grinder. Mine didn't last ten minutes cutting some stuff up one time. The 20 dollar heavy duty one is supposed to be good stuff.

peter78 11-16-2012 04:49 PM

Can you post the parts you used to put the elements together and where you got them? Looks very good

Schlomo 11-16-2012 05:20 PM

I got everything from HD

12AWG wire. Although i would use different than what is seen in the picture..
1 x 1500 Element
1 x 2000 Element
2 x Halex twin 3/4" screw cable clamp
2 x Halex 1" electrical outlet box
2 x 1" OD 3/4" ID threaded coupler
and good ol' Epoxy

I could put together a build for them but its already dried so... yeah


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