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Old 05-27-2011, 02:00 AM   #1
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Default My Super Mini Single Element 120V ULC (ultra low cost) Electric Setup

Just finished preliminary testing on my new electric setup... PID control of a single 1800 watt heating element temporarily mounted for testing. Ultimately it will be setup like a heat stick that I can move into both my hlt and boil kettle.

Lucky for me I had an old broken power washer cord with gfci and power switch I saved a few years ago which worked perfectly!

I will be able to boost it with either propane burner or stove top to speed things up if I want to making it very simple and adaptable.

My next stage will be to use a solar recirculating preheating system to get the water up as hot as I can prior to using the electric making it cheaper and green!

Perhaps someday I will get a second ssr and element installed for more power?

what do you all think so far?

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Old 05-27-2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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Exposed wires over boiling water makes me nervous...but still very cool, Happy Brewing!

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Old 05-27-2011, 02:57 AM   #3
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I knew that would be the comment, I never boiled the water just tested the system raising the water temp from 70 to 80 degree's. they will be threaded into a copper pipe cap and sealed up in a length of copper to protect them from the steam and water.

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Old 05-27-2011, 03:16 AM   #4
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Wow that looks simple enough. Make sure you share how long it takes to get a boil.

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Old 05-27-2011, 03:39 AM   #5
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Your brewing area looks really pleasant

Nice clean looking control box there too, do you have an SSR hiding inside there, and is the heatsink attached inside the box, or is it directly off the PID or something?

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Old 05-27-2011, 01:19 PM   #6
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thanks! I wanted to play with electric brewing to see if I should get any deeper down the rabbit hole. I have a 60 amp ssr stuck the side with a hole drilled in the plastic behind the back of the ssr so I could check its temp with my finger, it definate got hot after 10 minutes so I will attach the small heatsink I have and see if that keeps it down. This is a lightobject 1/16 din PID, RTD sensor and 60 amp SSR and they were super cheap, so far very happy with them. I also have a 1/32 din from them controlling my keezer at the moment using the relay output.

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Finished up the sealed heatstick portion... testing phase worked perfectly, tonight I brew electric for the first time!

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Old 06-02-2011, 06:37 PM   #8
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Sweet! Good luck on the first run!

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What kind of heating element is that? I've never seen one before.

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Old 06-02-2011, 06:40 PM   #10
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Where did you get the heating element?

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