Originally Posted by walte1fr
I'm thinking of a huge winter project to bring my brewery inside which would mean switching to electric. I'm pricing out everythong trying to make sure I get the best deal. Has anyone bought heating elements off ebay? I'm finding 5500w elements for like $16 instead of 35 for one at an online ebrew store.
My plan is to build a bcs 462 panel so I can control ferm chamber, run 2 pumps, and 2 heating elements plus a mixer in my MLT.
Also I haven't decided if I want to go with a rims tube or herms. Any advice on any of this would be greatlt helpful.
If not I'll just stick with my LP and use the bcs to control valves on that, but I'm thinking I want it in my basement like the guy in novembers byo article that has it in a room behind his taps. I currently am brewing in an 8x10 shed and its tough to get 15 gallons of wort to my basement to the fermenters.
Just looking for a little discussion and advice on what parts I can get cheap and what I need to spend the money on.
I made the switch 2 years ago and my biggest issue was steam condensing on everything. I bought all the right exhaust fans that were supposed to work and I could not understand what was going on until about a year ago my wife came down the basement stairs and "wosh" the vents started working the way they were supposed to, then they slowed down when she went back upstairs and closed the door. The little windows around the basement were sealed shut by someone living in the house before me and I freed one up. Now I open the window when I brew and everything is fine.