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Old 11-30-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default wanting to know if I'm setup for building e-brewery

I have this in my basement, close to the doors to the backyard.

electrical panel is about 12 feet away in another room separated by dry-walled cinderblock and the breaker for this outlet is 20A

what more would I need to be plug-and-ebrew capable?

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:20 PM   #2
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thats a 240v 20a recept I believe. (line1&2 plus ground) most people design their systems around 30a power sources with a neutral and a ground. If its too much of a pita to run a new line over to your brew area. An easy solution would be to drop a new 30a recept directly below your panel and just make a long cord over to you brew area. At approx $2.50 per ft it won't cost too much if its only 12 feet to the panel from your brew area.

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:36 AM   #3
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thanks, bigcheese

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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not enough juice. if you're going to wire, wire BIG. i'd go 50amp and a 50 amp GFCI. then you can run multiple elements for heating water faster or doing back to back brews.

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:57 PM   #5
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Depending on your requirements, this could be all you need. I've been happily brewing 5 gallon batches (~6.5 gallon preboil) in a converted keg on 120v with a 2000w element for over a year. The keg is not current controlled and is heavily insulated. There is just barely enough power to reach a rolling boil.

Is it easy? Yes. Super easy.
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If putting in a new circuit is a major obstacle, don't let it prevent you from moving forward with the project. It can be done!

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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AWESOME answers, fellow brewers, thank you

another question: I'm thinking of going with these. not sure i would need them to run simultaneously or not, but 50amp sounds ample.

what would I need to tell my electrician to do to make this work? I would guess that I just tell him to wire it for a water heater without the plumbing

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I don't see the power specs on that page. Did I miss it? You need to know the power consumption and req'd voltage before moving fwd

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4500-watt, 240-volt

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Old 12-06-2012, 01:38 PM   #9
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You can run two of those on a 50a outlet. Tell your electrician you need a 50a GFCI protected 4 wire outlet "here" (point to your desired outlet location). He should be able to figure out the rest.

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