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Old 11-05-2011, 02:34 AM   #11
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Ok... here is a pic of the socket


Now as far as I can tell it is attached to the "basement range"


40A!!



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Old 11-05-2011, 03:10 AM   #12
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Well, the breaker says 40A.



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Old 11-05-2011, 09:50 PM   #13
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So recommendations for a thread containing simple instructions? Is there an off the shelf solution I can just plug in? ie drill a hole and screw in with a nut and o-ring?
I've googled and seen a couple, want to know what is the best

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Old 11-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #14
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I'm in the process of developing a setup for you. I'm leaning toward a 2 kettle rig (HLT and BOIL). I hope it is something that will work for you.

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Your outlet is similar to this one from Grainger in that it is a 50A 240V outlet. Your outlet is being run from a 40A circuit breaker. I suggest that you change out the circuit breaker to a 30A 240V breaker. GFCI breakers are fairly expensive and if you were to place one in your mains panel it would require you to replace the wiring and the outlet that you would be using. A far less expensive solution is to use a standard breaker and then secure a Spa Panel. It is critically important that your brewery be GFCI protected.

You would need to get a range power cord like this one from Lowe's and then wire that to the GE Spa Panel and then set it up to be plugged into your 240V outlet - like this:




Then set up your controller this way:
(Click on the image to see a full scale diagram that is printable on Tabloid paper (11" x 17")



This way you only need one PID, one SSR and one heat sink for it, all available from Auber Instruments. A bonus is that the whole thing will fit in the Project Box also offered by Auber Instruments.

I hope this helps you.

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Old 11-06-2011, 06:05 PM   #16
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Wow P-J Thanks! I will have a good read and think but this looks amazing!

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Wow P-J Thanks! I will have a good read and think but this looks amazing!
It pleases me a great deal that I could conger up a way for you to go electric without all of the heartburn, expense and mystery involved.

If you have ANY questions, I'd be glad to help.

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Old 11-06-2011, 07:05 PM   #18
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I'm sure I will... I am a physicist by training and am comfortable with wiring... my lack of skills come from being Australian, quite used to Australian Standards (and colors, places to buy stuff) but a lot of things in the USA are a mystery.. (got to love 110V though... I see people do some scary things here that would not work at 240V, Xmas lights are a great example!)

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I'm sure I will... I am a physicist by training and am comfortable with wiring... my lack of skills come from being Australian, quite used to Australian Standards (and colors, places to buy stuff) but a lot of things in the USA are a mystery.. (got to love 110V though... I see people do some scary things here that would not work at 240V, Xmas lights are a great example!)
Australia? That is really neat & I wish I had the pleasure of visiting there.

I agree with you on the 240V deal. I spent 4 years in Frankfort West Germany and really had to get my mind straight about 240V only in a home. Some things were scary - indeed.

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BTW: what heating elements do you suggest?



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