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Old 03-16-2012, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default PWM controlled BK parts list - Please help

I am in the process of planning out my electric brewery and would like to get some input from everyone here. I am planning this in phases, Phase One being a single vessle PWM controlled system (no pumps). But my ultimate vision is to have 3 vessel HERMS system with a BCS to automate things.

So here is what I have planned out so far. For the BK I will use a Sanke keg and will put a bottom drain in place of the ball valve. Here is my parts list:

SS 3 piece ball valve
2" Tri Clover to 1/2" Male NPT
2" Tri Clover Clamp
2" EPDM Sanitary Gasket
1/2" x 8" stainless nipple <- Need a source for this in SS
1/2" SS 90° FPT x FPT Elbow
1/2" Full Bore hose barb
1/2" Silcone Tubing - 15 ft
6" Thermowell
Weldless Thermometer Install Kit
Miljoco Thermometer w/ 6" stem


As for the Heating Element, I used Kal's site as a guide:

5500 watt ULWD Heat Element

Metal Box
Metal Cover
10/3 Wiring
3 Wire Plug


Lastly, for the control panel...I am using a box that is large enough for some expansion later but not super huge to make this phase 1 look silly. I would like to have a key control the power and also have a green light when the main power is on. The heating element would be controlled by the red illuminated switch and the PWM would turn the power up and down. A yellow push button would be used as an emergency shut off.

Weigmann SC121204GNK Enclosure
40a SSR
PWM - Bakatronics
22mm Illuminated Switch - Red
22mm Switch with Key
22mm Light - Green
22mm Emergency Stop
Receptacle

I feel that this system will let me get my "feet wet" in the electric brewing game, but also let me expand later without sacrificing too much. The only item here that I see would be replaced is the Thermometer, which I could probably sell.

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Old 03-16-2012, 08:00 PM   #2
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OK, so here are some of my questions that might get the conversation started here...

- Is the 6" thermowell OK for the BK? Should I go shorter with it?
- Will the Switches I listed work in the control panel?
- Should I add some breakers or fuses to my control panel?

Also, I forgot to mention that this is going to be 220v 30a from a spa panel (which I already have)

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Old 03-16-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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What are you going to use the galvanized steel nipple for? I would not use that for any component that is going to come in contact with the wort and stick with copper or stainless steel.

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BTW: You are not getting many replies as your inital post is very complex and requires a lot of investigation just to sort it out. 28 links that are really long and hard to cypher just to see 'stuff'.

Just saying...

For instance: Your first item:
SS 3 piece ball valve



And so on...

(I'm sorry, I'm not being critical, I'm just trying to make it easier for everyone to see and respond.)

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What are you going to use the galvanized steel nipple for? I would not use that for any component that is going to come in contact with the wort and stick with copper or stainless steel.
Excellent observation. Also Brass is A-Ok as long as it is treated per John Palmer.
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What are you going to use the galvanized steel nipple for? I would not use that for any component that is going to come in contact with the wort and stick with copper or stainless steel.
I was planning on using that to connect the ball valve to the Tri Clover. I would definitely rather use stainless, but did not see any one the normal sites and at HD or lowes...any suggestions?
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BTW: You are not getting many replies as your inital post is very complex and requires a lot of investigation just to sort it out. 28 links that are really long and hard to cypher just to see 'stuff'.
Yeah, I know - sorry I rushed it last night and the nice clean links from my excel sheet did not translate well to this forum. I will clean them up. Thanks.
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For the 8" stainless nipple (pipe?), I imagine you could find it at McMaster Carr or possibly Murray Equipment.

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For the 8" stainless nipple (pipe?), I imagine you could find it at McMaster Carr or possibly Murray Equipment.
ebay!

thats where i got mine at

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PIPE-NIPPLE-...ht_1701wt_1110
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This one would work right?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PIPE-NIPPLE-...ht_1701wt_1163
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