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  • Started in 1997 in my college apartment in Cincinnati. I had bought a basic kit for a friend for Xmas, but he decided he didn't want it after a few batches and gave it back to me. My and my roommates started pumping out extract batches and continued to do so for the rest of the time we were there.

    Stopped brewing for a while when I was living in CA after college. No time with a real job, wife, and kids starting to show up.

    Moved from CA to NC in 2005, and started brewing with full vigor. After a couple more years of extract batches, I moved to AG after getting a deal on an AG kit that was too good to pass up ($75 for Northern Brewers Deluxe AG kit, used only a few times). That was in late 2006 or early 2007.

    A buddy planted the seed of going electric in my head in December of 2009. In early 2010 I started gathering parts and putting an electric HERMS system together. It took it's maiden voyage in May of 2010 and I'm liking it a lot.
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  • Posted in thread: Large dead space under false bottom on 09-16-2014 at 01:32 PM
    exactly. If you did not have a hose attached to the output port hanging down from the thing,
    then the flow is going to stop as soon as the liquid level reaches the ball valve.

  • Posted in thread: PID with no RTD? on 03-23-2013 at 02:34 AM
    ... and make sure you have told the PID that you have a RTD temp probe connected. Those things
    take many different sensor types, and that 100 Ohm resistor is mimicking a pt100 sensor. I
    think the PIDs...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap Pump Wiring Question on 03-22-2013 at 12:06 AM
    Sorry for butting in, but you will need to wire that locking plug to your DC power supply, not
    the pump directly...Right. That's what I said.

  • Posted in thread: Contactors - 24v, 120v, 240v coils on 03-21-2013 at 07:00 PM
    As long as the signal that reaches the contactor matches what the contactor needs, then you are
    free to do that in whatever way you want.120vac --> transformer --> 12vac --> contactor coil
    or120vac --...

  • Posted in thread: Control panel questions. on 03-21-2013 at 06:41 PM
    You can buy flat sheets of HDPE from usplastics.com in various thicknesses if you want to avoid
    wood. reason I bring it up is that some panel mount components won't work if your panel is too
    thick. F...

  • Posted in thread: Help me understand a terminal strip/block on 03-21-2013 at 02:40 PM
    I'm willing to accept the risk on the short run between the terminal block and the breaker.Yup.
    No problem there. This is even considered kosher under the NEC "feeder tap" rule.It's ok to
    have an unde...

  • Posted in thread: PID with no RTD? on 03-21-2013 at 01:37 PM
    put a 100 ohm resistor where the RTD would go (assuming a PT100 RTD is what it's looking
    for)It'll read 32f / 0C then.^^^This.

  • Posted in thread: Help me understand a terminal strip/block on 03-21-2013 at 10:56 AM
    I picked up my distribution blocks from mouser. No jumpers required. I can get you the part
    number if you are interested. I want to say they were 7 or 8 bucks and are DIN mountable. I
    have 2 in my con...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap Pump Wiring Question on 03-21-2013 at 02:39 AM
    @Walker: I have locking plugs, they came with the panel that I bought from ebrewsupply. (I
    should have mentioned that I already have the expensive part.) My main question is if/how can I
    wire that dc ...

  • Posted in thread: Help me understand a terminal strip/block on 03-21-2013 at 01:57 AM
    I think I'm understanding a bit better. So, it seems like it may make sense to buy something
    that has one input with, say, four outputs. Is there a good reason not to do that?Normally,
    just cost. Ther...

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