My Official E-BiaB Build Thread
OK...not so much a "build from scratch" thread as I already had all of the normal equipment (kettle, pump, hoses, etc.). This is more to detail converting my propane system to E-BiaB. Some addtional info can be found here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/another-p-j-diagram-biab-5500w-single-vessel-single-pump-illuminated-switches-264251/ but I pulled most of the relevant stuff into this thread.
Since I already knew I could make great beer with my propane BiaB system, the overall goal of my E-BiaB system was to create: 1.) simplicity and 2.) easy clean-up. So, I decided on a single vessel, single pump, re-circulating system. Most of the information and how-to for the electric components came from Kal’s Electric Brewery site: http://theelectricbrewery.com/. Of course, P-J was kind enough to provide the wiring for the control box which I will post below. For this reason, I am not going to give a blow-by-blow of how to drill every hole and wire each device. All of that info can be found in the two resources I just mentioned.
One note about the steamer basket…
The basket actually rests on a lip inside the pot. It does not sit directly on the bottom and does not rest on the lip of the pot itself. Because of this, you have (best guess) about 2.5” of clearance between the bottom of the basket and the bottom of the pot. This is more than enough room for the valve, site glass and element. Also, since the basket sits inside the pot, the lid fits as it normally would.
Kettle and Components:
Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Stockpot with Steam / Boil / Fry Baskets: http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-62-Quart-Stainless-Stockpot/dp/B000FTEQBK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1316085888&sr=8-3Pump and Components:
Chugger Pump: http://chuggerpumps.com/category.php?mycatid=72
Control Box and Components: (refer to P-J’s diagram below)
Box for 1/16 DIN controller: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_ id=143&zenid=8abf8ac7d2925d9afa5c70acc81c22ecMisc. Parts:
GE 50 Amp 240-Volt 240-Watt Non-Fuse Metallic Spa Panel Disconnect with GFI: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100686230/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 (this is what the control box plugs into)
Rig from the front:
Rig from the back:
Fitting used for recirculating mash:
Side kettle showing element box:
Front of control box:
Side of control box:
Back of control box:
Pump and housing (sacrificed computer case):
Subpanel and spa panel:
Spa panel with receptacle installed under cover:
Removeable whirlpool plumbing:
Same attached to the kettle:
And last...but not least...thanks to P-J, the wiring diagram:
Things left to do...
1. Permanently mount my water filter (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/water-filter-setup-29145/) to the brewstand.
2. Clean up some of the wiring. I think I will shorten the element power cord and shrinkwrap the RTD wire (just to make it sturdier).
3. Put a quick disconnect on one of my CO2 lines that I use to force carb. I will use this to blow out the pump, CFC and hoses to reduce loss.
4. Have my neighbor sew me a stronger grain bag. :) It was my first attempt at sewing EVER. It is probably strong enough especially since I use the steamer basket but it is ugly and it is a matter of time before it bites the dust.
5. Get a water quality report from Ward Labs so I know exactly what I am dealing with an adjust accordingly.
6. BREW ON!!! :)
Subsribed! This is going to fun to watch. Thanks for documenting this!
WOW... I am absolutely blown away.!
I am so very pleased that I could help you is some small way.
Couldn't have done any of it without you P-J.
My next brew day (hopefully Saturday ot Monday) I will take pics of everything in action.
I thought BiaB was supposed to produce cloudy beers??? :p
BM's Orange Kolsch (which even has wheat in it!)
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