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Old 09-06-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default What happens when you use your pump to shoot water at your control panel

I was going to make a fresh, wet hop ipa today, picked the hops yesterday at my friends farm, and was going to finish picking the hops today that i grew at my house while it was mashing. i was planning on hopping the hell out of it, with the freshest stuff i could. I even took the day off just to make beer. went upstairs to get a bite to eat came back downstairs and this had happend.

notice where the hose is pointed, it used to point in the HLT. I feel like a genius. the gfci tripped, the main breaker in the breaker box was not tripped. My breaker in my main breaker box is 30 amp, the spa panel si 50 amp, but the gfci tripped and stopped bad thinks from happining. i don't know if i broke/or smoked all or any of the components. but no one was injured, and no brew buddy dogs were injured in this incident. now i will spend the day cleaning up.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:03 PM   #2
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I saw the title of this post and I was a afraid to read it - good thing no one was hurt. Hopefully when all the electronics are completely dried out again it'll all come back to life with nothing fried!

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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Egad!!!

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:11 PM   #4
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This is why I am designing my system to use QDs/camlocks/etc. for ALL connections to any part of the process, and will use the loc-line for recirculation, etc.

I have already had this happen with my current setup with no control box. Stuck the end of the hose in there, turn around and all of a sudden there's hot liquid spraying all over...

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:17 PM   #5
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Ouch! QDs are what you be needin.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:22 PM   #6
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yeah, Disconnects are now in my very near future, or some hard plumbing, possibly some new electronics

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Now I absolutely rest my case about the use of a Spa Panel to protect the brewer and the brewery.

I'm glad all is ok (I'm certain that it is). Thank you for posting this.

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yeha, considering the spa panel is a 50am gfci, and my house breaker for the dryer outlet is a 30amp, wouldnt wire it any other way. glad i did the research to use the gfci in the middle, it was money well spent.

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Old 09-07-2011, 12:54 PM   #9
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Now I absolutely rest my case about the use of a Spa Panel to protect the brewer and the brewery.

I'm glad all is ok (I'm certain that it is). Thank you for posting this.

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Not to be off topic, but isn't the use of a GFI breaker in the box the best scenario? I only ask because I opted to put the GFI in the box rather than buying a spa panel
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Well, the idea behind the spa panel is to have the GFI protection upstream. I think PJ is referring to people who put the GFI function inside the control panel. If you're talking about putting it in the main panel way upstream then yes, it's even better than the spa panel but only marginally so.

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