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Old 08-04-2012, 03:55 AM   #41
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I think I'm going to want a 20gallon one when you get it all set up. I'm going to need an extra two 1/2 coupler for the the HEX. What do you charge per extra coupling?

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Old 08-04-2012, 05:31 PM   #42
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***UPDATE***

Our welder will be welding the finished 1" couplers into a few kettles this weekend. Once those are done I will do some testing on them. We should be ready to take orders by next week

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I think I'm going to want a 20gallon one when you get it all set up. I'm going to need an extra two 1/2 coupler for the the HEX. What do you charge per extra coupling?
The standard 20gal comes with (2) 1/2" couplers. Each additional coupler after that would be $20.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:43 PM   #43
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The closer it is to plug and play the more interested I am. Electricity is an area where I get nervous with diy
THIS. I would also be interested in as plug-n-play a system as y'all could create. Although I'm guessing I brew on a smaller scale (still on 5 gallon batches) than most.

BTW: The 6-gal aluminum kettle arrived, and the partial-mash saison from it;'s first brew is happily churning away in the basement. Many thanks, the kettle looks like it'll work great for smaller batches on my glass stovetop.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:19 PM   #44
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THIS. I would also be interested in as plug-n-play a system as y'all could create. Although I'm guessing I brew on a smaller scale (still on 5 gallon batches) than most.

BTW: The 6-gal aluminum kettle arrived, and the partial-mash saison from it;'s first brew is happily churning away in the basement. Many thanks, the kettle looks like it'll work great for smaller batches on my glass stovetop.
A plug and play is something we want to do BUT there is a lot of liability there. In the mean time we will be recommending that any element wiring be done by an electrician. 240V is nothing to mess around with!

***UPDATE***

Our test elements (one 110V and one 240V) will be in this week. I will be picking up the test units today with the 1" couplers installed with the ground lead welded to that. Hopefully I'll have some pics tonight......
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #45
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Sweet cant wait to see the final product and results.

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #46
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***BIG Update***

So we're almost there! Thanks for all the patience up until this point! The 'frankenkettle' is back with a bunch of 1" couplers welded into it. Below are the pics of the final product. You'll see that a 1" water heater element will screw all the way into the coupler. We have also welded on a 1/4-20 nut for use as a ground.

Many people have been asking for a 'plug and play' system. We will initially only offering the 1" coupler, ground lead and welding. We want to bring in an electrician to help develop a system since the liability is higher.

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1" coupler with ground lead


Camco 02963 5500W 240V water heater element installed


Heater element screwed in all the way without gasket


Heater element screwed in with gasket

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If you could come up with a nice housing for the element to shield the wires/connections from liquid that would be "plug n play" enough for 99% of people. Let them simply connect 3 wires to a H/D extension cord and just about anyone can do that. Something that easily affixes to cover the element base yet is 99.9% water-tight. Perhaps if the coupler were also threaded on the outside then a PVC cap with a cord-grip could thread right on, voila.

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Even if you didn't want to make it completely assembled, a "kit" that had the parts all included and suggested assembly directions would make me bite, then if it isn't wired right and I burn my house down it would be on me i am assuming. Alternately a suggested addon list with items that are also available separately from your site that I could add in for the same shipment, and said directions would work for me. I just hate going through 5 different vendors, hoping that when I can't find the right piece that my guess at a like part will still work, and I usually give up, especially on electrical things. This is the main reason I never made a brutus 10 (no interest in trying to make the control panel and nobody sells reasonable priced models) and haven't done electric brewing yet (getting the parts for the element are too dicey for me).

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If you could come up with a nice housing for the element to shield the wires/connections from liquid that would be "plug n play" enough for 99% of people. Let them simply connect 3 wires to a H/D extension cord and just about anyone can do that. Something that easily affixes to cover the element base yet is 99.9% water-tight. Perhaps if the coupler were also threaded on the outside then a PVC cap with a cord-grip could thread right on, voila.
There are many easy ways to cover the connection from JB Weld and a PVC coupling to more elaborate electrical boxes to simple heat shrink tubing.

Getting the 1" coupler on there is the biggest obstacle for most people and the grounding lug is really nice too.

Good job Spike
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:08 PM   #50
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There are many easy ways to cover the connection from JB Weld and a PVC coupling to more elaborate electrical boxes to simple heat shrink tubing.
I know, I have 4 elements installed.

I was giving suggestions for making this less intimidating for someone who isn't a DIY person and doesn't want to do any of that. The term "plug-n-play" was used. My suggestion was to make it more "plug-n-play" for those people.
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