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Old 01-02-2011, 11:53 PM   #11
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ok another thought for the piece of mind, the fancyest controlpannel won't do you any good if the rest of the system isn't properly grounded.

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Old 01-03-2011, 11:30 AM   #12
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ok another thought for the piece of mind, the fancyest controlpannel won't do you any good if the rest of the system isn't properly grounded.
Very true.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:54 AM   #13
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Don't get discouraged, all you have to do is take the leap, i built mine from all the information on here, made 4-5 batches on it and keep messing with it and improving it. if your looking to keep costs down, there are plenty of setups that use only 1 controller with a toggle switch for output from the controller to control multiple elements. plus there are always easier options than wiring into the breaker box, mine runs off the dryer plug and i have a spa panel plugged into it. I had the same worry about shcking the hell out of myself or starting an electrical fire. Invest in a good multimeter and test until your satisfied.

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Old 01-03-2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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For $800-1000 you could build Kal's control panel (www.theelectricbrewery.com)
I'm gathering parts for it now

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I don't think that making commercial control panels will be a profitable business. Every brewery is different and every control panel will be different. The amount of customization will make it very expensive to build one off's for every different brewery, not to mention UL approvals and such.

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Old 01-03-2011, 09:34 PM   #16
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For $800-1000 you could build Kal's control panel (www.theelectricbrewery.com)
I'm gathering parts for it now
That would require me to put it together though.


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Don't get discouraged, all you have to do is take the leap, i built mine from all the information on here, made 4-5 batches on it and keep messing with it and improving it. if your looking to keep costs down, there are plenty of setups that use only 1 controller with a toggle switch for output from the controller to control multiple elements. plus there are always easier options than wiring into the breaker box, mine runs off the dryer plug and i have a spa panel plugged into it. I had the same worry about shcking the hell out of myself or starting an electrical fire. Invest in a good multimeter and test until your satisfied.
I appreciate your encouragement. Any links to a safe, simple setup. I would like the ability to control the output of the elements. I can use my own thermometer to avoid wiring in PIDs and temperature probes.

Thanks for your help everyone.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:28 PM   #17
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I used this thread as a model and it doesn't show the temp probe wired to to the BCS unit for feedback but that is another 2 wires similar to the SSR.
I am glad to see that what I felt might be a very elementary question is helpful to others too!

The BCS really is fantastic, and as stated, wiring the temp probe is just hooking up a positive the two wires to their respective receptacles on the BCS.

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That is the trick isn't it? What is my time worth and how much frustration would the process garner? And in the end, I just want to brew good beer in my basement on a safe electric setup.

I'm gonna hold off on purchasing a brewmation one though, because I think that I've inspired Kal. He's looking for an American partner to build systems for sale in the US.

I appreciate everyone's input, though.
Really? I would be very interested if Kal incorporated BCS-460/462 into his control box. How soon is he planning on this? I'm not really looking to wait much longer.
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Really? I would be very interested if Kal incorporated BCS-460/462 into his control box. How soon is he planning on this? I'm not really looking to wait much longer.
He was looking for a partner in his thread a few days ago. I am beginning to understand why people are talking about the 460/462. I just need to take the time and find a very simple control panel design to hook the 460/462 up to.
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I along with 3 other "mental" individuals are in the process of building a 20-25gal ,electric, BCS,RIMS system. We went all out, Blichmann kettles and all stainless! We looked at pre-made systems but none met our cost/volume requirements. 2 of us are aircraft mechanics and one is a car mechanic so we have a decent understanding of tooling and electrical systems, but there is a lot to be learned. This forum and others are a great resource. Definatley an adventure cant wait for the results!

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