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Old 09-16-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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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/ano...itches-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-...6085888&sr=8-3
Weldless Sight Tee - No Thermometer: http://www.brewhardware.com/index.ph...dess&Itemid=60

Bulkhead/Valve/Pickup Tube:
NEW - KEG Bulkhead Kit: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=167
(NOTE: I soldered this onto the kettle following the information found here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/sold...-steel-155782/
1/2" NPT stainless steel 3 piece ball valve: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=128
Watts 1/2" Brass Pipe Tee: http://www.lowes.com/pd_35047-104-A-...Btee&facetInfo and spare copper tubing/elbow to make the pickup tube
Element and Components: (refer to Kal’s write-up)
Camco 2963 5500W 240V Ripple Foldback Water Heater Element: http://www.ronshomeandhardware.com/2...t-p/808790.htm
REDDOT 1-Gang Metal Old Work Electrical Box: http://www.lowes.com/pd_69718-53911-...t%2B&facetInfo (this needs to ¾” holes)
REDDOT 0.25" Rectangle Metal Electrical Box Cover: http://www.lowes.com/pd_303624-53911...%3D2&facetInfo
Southwire 10/3 300V POWER CORD BLACK LFT: http://www.lowes.com/pd_56502-295-55...300v&facetInfo (whatever length you need)
Cooper Wiring Devices 50-Amp 250-Volt Black 3-Wire Plug: http://www.lowes.com/pd_71242-334-S4...-amp&facetInfo
J-B WELD 2 Oz. Interior/Exterior Weld Epoxy: http://www.lowes.com/pd_10301-81288-...weld&facetInfo
Silicone high temperature o-ring: http://www.mcmaster.com/#9396k38/=e2ljfw
Food grade silicone adhesive/sealant: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/117/3388/=e2lk3c
Stainless steel washer/shim: http://www.mcmaster.com/#96853a253/=e2lkav
Standard straight cord/wire grip, 3/4" NPT: http://www.mcmaster.com/#7529k533/=e2lkgw
Stainless steel locknut 1" NPS: http://www.mcmaster.com/#4464k586/=e2lkj4
Misc. nuts/bolts/lock washers as described in Kal’s write-up.
Magnesium Anode: http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11553-Ma...6087476&sr=8-2 (FYI…I cut off the bolt head so I could screw it into the tee)

Grain Sack:
Style Selections 95"L White HighTwist Voile Window Sheer: http://www.lowes.com/pd_136697-13892...ile&facetInfo=
Gutermann Upholstery Thread 300 M (325 Yards)- Many Colors: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...RODID=prd34127 (I used white)
Staples® Medium Metal Binder Clips, 1 1/4" size with 5/8"Capacity: http://www.staples.com/Staples-Mediu...product_831602
Pulley System: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053 (FYI… I also needed about a 7 foot length of chain and an “S” hook to reach my ceiling)
Pump and Components:
Chugger Pump: http://chuggerpumps.com/category.php?mycatid=72
High Temp Silicone Tubing 1/2" ID: http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingc...7D2%22-ID.html (whatever length you need)
Disconnects: http://www.mcmaster.com/#6739k68/=e2m4iv (as many as you need) and http://www.mcmaster.com/#6739k59/=e2m511 (as many as you need)
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Control Box and Components: (refer to P-J’s diagram below)
Box for 1/16 DIN controller: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...5c70acc81c22ec
1/16 DIN PID Temperature Controller (SSR control output): http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...5c70acc81c22ec
40 A SSR: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...5c70acc81c22ec
Heat Sink for Solid State Relay, 40A: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...5c70acc81c22ec
Contactor, 2 pole, 30A, 120V Coil: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...5c70acc81c22ec
Liquid tight RTD sensor, 4 in, 1/4 NPT Thread: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...5c70acc81c22ec
Illuminated Maintained Contact,Pushbutton Switch, 22mm. 120/240V: http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...5c70acc81c22ec
Element Receptacle: Need to find link
Pass & Seymour/Legrand 15-Amp Light Almond Single Electrical Outlet: http://www.lowes.com/pd_83512-1571-T...gle&facetInfo= (I got white)
Southwire 10/4 300V POWER CORD BLACK LFT: http://www.lowes.com/pd_59154-295-55...00v&facetInfo= (whatever length you need)
Plug: Need to find a link
Misc. wire nuts, connectors and tension relief clamps.
Lengths of scrap 10ga and 14ga wire for internal connections.
Misc. Parts:
GE 50 Amp 240-Volt 240-Watt Non-Fuse Metallic Spa Panel Disconnect with GFI: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053 (this is what the control box plugs into)
Cooper Wiring Devices 30-Amp Flush-Mount Power Outlet: http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1 (mounted in the Spa Panel)
Square D by Schneider Electric Homeline 30 Amp Two-Pole Circuit Breaker: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053 (this is in the subpanel in my garage and the Spa Panel piggybacks off of it)
Southwire 1/2 In. X 25 Ft. Coil Flexible Aluminum Conduit: http://www.lowes.com/pd_69898-295-55...uit&facetInfo= (subpanel to spa panel)
Southwire 15' 10 AWG Non-Metallic Wire: http://www.lowes.com/pd_346235-295-63948427_4294821905+5003698_4294937087_?productId= 3370018&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_ qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_25%2B50_4 294821905%2B5003698_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_p rd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_qty_sales_dollar %7C1&facetInfo=$25%20-%20$50 (inside conduit from subpanel to spa panel)
Flex conduit ½” connectors (can’t find the link) – these screw into the end of the flex conduit and have a locknut on the other end.
Spare copper tubing/fittings for Whirlpool Plumbing: Since I BiaB with a steamer basket, I needed to come up with a way to whirlpool without having a permanent whirlpool attachment. See here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/remo...itting-262340/
Perfect Home Commercial Grade Decorative Wire 6-Shelf Chrome finish Shelving Storage Unit : http://www.homedepot.com/Storage-Org...atalogId=10053 (used as brew stand and shelving)

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Rig from the front:



Rig from the back:



Fitting used for recirculating mash:



Inside kettle:



Side kettle showing element box:



CFC:



Front of control box:



Side of control box:



Back of control box:

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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:

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And last...but not least...thanks to P-J, the wiring diagram:

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Things left to do...

1. Permanently mount my water filter (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/wate...r-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!!!

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Subsribed! This is going to fun to watch. Thanks for documenting this!

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WOW... I am absolutely blown away.!

Magnificent..!!

I am so very pleased that I could help you is some small way.

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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.

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I thought BiaB was supposed to produce cloudy beers???

BM's Orange Kolsch (which even has wheat in it!)

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