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Old 06-12-2011, 02:28 PM   #11
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No. This is a Brutus 20 setup. I use a cooler for the mash tun and then recirculate all of my sparge water at once for about half an hour. Then I just drain into the Keggle and boil in there. The outlets are 120v.

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:33 PM   #12
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You can save quite a lot of money if you go with 120v and use existing outlets, if you have them, or if you move them. That's what I did. Two 2000w elements can boil 13-14 gallons for a ten gallon batch. That's enough for just about anyone these days. I used to really want 240v (I'd have to reorganize my panel), but now it's hard to see the need.







Where I most overspent in both time and money was with the illuminated switches. But oh, well. They're pretty cool. Certainly don't need 'em, but at least I can see what's on. Then again, when I turn on pump or fan I know it's on by the sound, so it is overkill. While I know part of the fun is building new things, I've finally reached a point where I don't need any more upgrades (sort of) and can just brew beer. Enjoy your new rig.

The upgrade I like the most at this point is the RIMS tube and controller. Do you have one or is your pid to control the boil?
Sweet! That was the one place I went cheap on my system. I found some 240v lights at Graingers for like $6. The 22mm lights were closer to $20. I looked at the illuminated switches but those were big bucks and I wimped out. Nice looking system you got there.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:37 PM   #13
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You were smarter than I was. As I mentioned, the switches were big bucks and I had a lot of research to do to figure out how to install them. Luckily, the folks from homebrewtalk.com gave the proper advice.

I also really like having hard plumbing, though it occasionally is a pain. Enjoy your rig. It's looking good.

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:41 PM   #14
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You were smarter than I was. As I mentioned, the switches were big bucks and I had a lot of research to do to figure out how to install them. Luckily, the folks from homebrewtalk.com gave the proper advice.

I also really like having hard plumbing, though it occasionally is a pain. Enjoy your rig. It's looking good.
Today is my initial brew on my new system. Because of the hard boil I am anxious to see if I will need to add additional ventilation like you have. Right now I brew directly under an open window so I don't expect a problem. But come winter when the window will be closed I think I'll have a problem. Because I brew in my basement I am concerned about how to drill a hole through cinder block.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:46 PM   #15
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Today is my initial brew on my new system. Because of the hard boil I am anxious to see if I will need to add additional ventilation like you have. Right now I brew directly under an open window so I don't expect a problem. But come winter when the window will be closed I think I'll have a problem. Because I brew in my basement I am concerned about how to drill a hole through cinder block.
What I did was to put some rigid foam insulation in the window and mount an inline fan with some ducting. You can get 'em pretty cheap at those hydroponics stores. Works great. No moisture issues.

I've heard a lot of people just put a fan in the window so you can try that in the winter for an inexpensive solution.

This is making me want to brew! I just got ingredients for a Green Flash IPA clone. Time to clear the schedule.

Hope your brew day is smooth.
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What I did was to put some rigid foam insulation in the window and mount an inline fan with some ducting. You can get 'em pretty cheap at those hydroponics stores. Works great. No moisture issues.

I've heard a lot of people just put a fan in the window so you can try that in the winter for an inexpensive solution.

This is making me want to brew! I just got ingredients for a Green Flash IPA clone. Time to clear the schedule.

Hope your brew day is smooth.
Those hydro Farm fans are reasonably priced. I just hope if I buy one I don't get on some kind DEA list. How much noise does that fan make? After a year and a half of brewing to the sound of a jet engine (99,000 btu propane burner) I am really looking forward to some nice quite brew days.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:48 PM   #17
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[QUOTE=Dgonza9;2999581]What I did was to put some rigid foam insulation in the window and mount an inline fan with some ducting. You can get 'em pretty cheap at those hydroponics stores. Works great. No moisture issues.
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Can yyou pls post a link where to get ?

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Can yyou pls post a link where to get ?
Do a Google on http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1259&bih=622&q=hydroponics+exhaust+fan&aq=0l&aqi=g-l1&aql=&oq=hydroponics+exaust+fan (click it) and it will show bunches.
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I believe if you use a 4500 watt 240volt heating element on 120 you get 2250 watts at 18.75 amps.

I moved to the Country and my new place does not have 220 wiring.

My options are to rewire my PID and SSR for 120 and use 2 elements or go through the hasel of running 240 from my house to the garage.

Cost will be Cableing another breaker box back breaking working digging a trench etc.

I think I'll be going 120

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I believe if you use a 4500 watt 240volt heating element on 120 you get 2250 watts at 18.75 amps.

I moved to the Country and my new place does not have 220 wiring.

My options are to rewire my PID and SSR for 120 and use 2 elements or go through the hasel of running 240 from my house to the garage.

Cost will be Cableing another breaker box back breaking working digging a trench etc.

I think I'll be going 120
A 4500W - 240V element powered by 120V delivers 1125 watts.

Ohms law.
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