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Britinusa 04-07-2013 03:07 PM

Electric brewing question
 
I have been reading threads on electric brewing and I want to set up an electric kettle I will be setting uo in the laundry room so I can unplug the dryer and use that outlet.
I did want a very basic box that i can set up the temp and use the kettle for mash, sparge and boiling.
I dont want to spend lots of money on it.
Any thoughts on what I will need? I already have a 7 gallon kettle with a ball valve.
I brew 5 gallon batches.

tphjr 04-07-2013 10:03 PM

Assuming all you want to do is boil, at least one homebrew vendor has designed a 240V brew controller and a 240V element that's designed to hang over the side of your pot.

Look at this thread.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/450...illing-402425/

Britinusa 04-07-2013 10:10 PM

I have no problem drilling the pot, I want something that will be installed on the pot.

theknub 04-08-2013 12:55 AM

there are some options out there for you, but costs can quickly add up. some people have been using gear from high gravity brew like this http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...l-158p3986.htm

tphjr 04-08-2013 03:46 AM

The system you refer to seems to be for controlling mash since you don't need a PID for boiling water. Also, it's $495.

They have a boil controller here for $295.00 that should work fine for boiling your wurt:
http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...l-306p3073.htm

Kegkits has their version for $164.95 but theirs does not include a power switch for a pump. For $130 difference I think I can plug my pump into a AC outlet.
http://www.kegkits.com/Merchant2/mer...ory_Code=EBREW

jCOSbrew 04-08-2013 05:18 PM

Try to find a GFCI power cord for your panel. Most dryer outlets have a regular breaker w/out GFCI.

alien 04-08-2013 05:54 PM

DIY is the only cheap option. If you trust your own wiring you could do worse than this kit. The vendor has a good rep.

http://www.stilldragon.com/diy-controller.html

Britinusa 04-08-2013 10:38 PM

Im not sure I even want a control box, im thinking of just a cable to plug into an element in the brew pot.
or maybe 2 elements, one to get it to mash temp and run both to boil.
If I ran 2 cables from separate circuits in the house and put together a box with 2 single GFCI outlets that I could put switches on, maybe that will work?
But what elements are best to boil 7 gallons?

tphjr 04-08-2013 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Britinusa (Post 5088437)
Im not sure I even want a control box, im thinking of just a cable to plug into an element in the brew pot.
or maybe 2 elements, one to get it to mash temp and run both to boil.
If I ran 2 cables from separate circuits in the house and put together a box with 2 single GFCI outlets that I could put switches on, maybe that will work?
But what elements are best to boil 7 gallons?

I boil 6 gallons with a 1650 watt element + my stove top. I run both full on until I reach boil then I turn the stove eye down to 2 or 3 to maintain a good rolling boil. I tried turning the stove eye off to see what happens and my batch drops down to a slow boil, probably still more than fast enough but I like a full rolling boil.

So, in your case you might want to install two 2000 watt elements to be safe. But if I were going to go all 120V electric & not convert to 240V electric I would go with two 1650 watt elements, one plugged straight into the wall and the other through some sort of controller. This would give me maximum control over my boil.

alien 04-09-2013 04:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Britinusa (Post 5088437)
Im not sure I even want a control box, im thinking of just a cable to plug into an element in the brew pot.
or maybe 2 elements, one to get it to mash temp and run both to boil.
If I ran 2 cables from separate circuits in the house and put together a box with 2 single GFCI outlets that I could put switches on, maybe that will work?
But what elements are best to boil 7 gallons?

If you have the option to brew in your kitchen, there is very likely more than one GFCI protected circuit there already.


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