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Old 05-23-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default One more step toward electric brewing

Being as this is my maiden voyage into the world of electric brewing I am going to start out with a very simple single kettle, PID controlled design. My first step was a few weeks ago when I got my 240v sub-panel installed.

Today I started on step number two, building the control panel. My order from Auberins (1-SYL-2352 PID, 1-RTD sensor, 1-Panel mount connector for RTD sensor, 1-40 A SSR, 1-Heat sink, 1-Contactor, 1-Flashing Buzzer, and 1 project box.) just shipped and should be here before the holiday weekend. I'll pick up the various switches, plugs, terminals, and wires from my local Grainger's this week. With a little luck I'll have the control panel finished this weekend.

Then I need to save up a few bucks for step three, installing the element and element housing. Buying the Greenlee punches is why this portion has been made into it's own step.

After staring at my new sub-panel for 3 weeks I can't wait to start seeing some more progress.

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Awesome. I cant wait to finally start ordering all my parts next week!

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Well if you want to save on tools, I can loan you my bi metal saws, step bit and punch. I am done with them.

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Well if you want to save on tools, I can loan you my bi metal saws, step bit and punch. I am done with them.
Nice offer!
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Well if you want to save on tools, I can loan you my bi metal saws, step bit and punch. I am done with them.
Thanks MillDoggy, that is extremely generous of you. But this is just my initial electric brew setup so that I can brew quickly. I then plan to build a much nicer system. So it's going to be a long time before I am through with the tools, so it would be best if I just buy them. But thanks a lot!
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Save your self some money and time:

http://www.harborfreight.com/knockou...kit-91201.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece...lls-91616.html

http://http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-titanium-nitride-coated-high-speed-steel-step-drills-96275.html

Take a look. You might save a fortune.

EDIT: Or if you want to go fancy:
http://www.harborfreight.com/hydraul...kit-96718.html

Just be mindfull that the drill and die sizes might be sized for conduit fitting holes. They can be somewhat larger than you intend. Measure carefully and they will do the job just fine for you.

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Eastwood company has cheaper radio punches also

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Save your self some money and time:

http://www.harborfreight.com/knockou...kit-91201.html
will these work on kegs?
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I think they will, but a 1 1/4 conduit punch is actually like 1.38 inches

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