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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-04-2014, 02:31 PM
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Posted By russki
What he said. As an added benefit, Nestle jugs...

What he said. As an added benefit, Nestle jugs are PET, so you have a cheap 5-gallon carboy (whatever the deposit is).
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-19-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
Yes, 10 gallon batches are a bit tricky with this...

Yes, 10 gallon batches are a bit tricky with this rig. Here's how I do it:
I start with 11 gallons of water, get it up to mash temps, put the basket in, mash in, start recirculation. I throttle the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-23-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
Nice build! Nope, that's all I did, and it's been...

Nice build! Nope, that's all I did, and it's been working great. One thing I do differently now is I set the strike temperature to my target mash temp (i.e. if I'm mashing at 152F, that's what I set...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-08-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By russki
The Danish Lager one is still lagering; I was...

The Danish Lager one is still lagering; I was going to bottle it this weekend. It didn't attenuate as much (1.013 vs 1.010 with Chico), and the hydro sample was a bit maltier and smoother. Can't say...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-08-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By russki
Just brewed exactly that - split 10 gal of Helles...

Just brewed exactly that - split 10 gal of Helles wort between US-05 and Danish Lager yeasts. The Chico version was fermented at 66F, and came out quite good. It can actually pass for a lager now...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-31-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
That's good to know, although I figured out the...

That's good to know, although I figured out the priming issue even with the "impeller on top" configuration. My problem with that pump was that it quit in the middle of two brews; once from...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-31-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
2 SSRs - one per element.

2 SSRs - one per element.
Forum: Electric Brewing 12-24-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
I'm pretty much done with this pump - it left me...

I'm pretty much done with this pump - it left me stranded in the middle of a brew day twice, both times when recirculating boiling wort to sanitize my plate chiller, leaving me to gravity feed...
Forum: Electric Brewing 11-15-2013, 04:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,031
Posted By russki
I have used and can recommend the knockout punch...

I have used and can recommend the knockout punch set from Harbor Freight (http://www.harborfreight.com/knockout-punch-kit-91201.html) - the 1/2" is perfect for valves/sight glasses and control panel...
Forum: Electric Brewing 11-15-2013, 12:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,167
Posted By russki
That's weird - what temperature do you start your...

That's weird - what temperature do you start your auto-tune? When I tune mine (had to do it a few times), I would set the temp to 160F, and start the auto-tune once it got around 140F.

Have you...
Forum: Electric Brewing 11-12-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,167
Posted By russki
This is a major problem - when the controller is...

This is a major problem - when the controller is on, the male prongs are hot. You NEVER, EVER, have live male prongs. Doesn't matter if it's twist-lock or not, this is a basic electric design...
Forum: Electric Brewing 11-11-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,167
Posted By russki
Can't tell from the pic if the kettle has male or...

Can't tell from the pic if the kettle has male or female plugs on it. If you're using female on the kettle, then you have live prongs on the controller side - that is really unsafe. I would suggest...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-31-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,167
Posted By russki
What he said, with a 300x120x20 heatsink you may...

What he said, with a 300x120x20 heatsink you may not need the fan. Mine is about half that size. You may want to space the SSRs out a bit to allow for more even heat distribution. Do a test run to...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-30-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,167
Posted By russki
My heatsink was getting hot enough to burn you -...

My heatsink was getting hot enough to burn you - probably 150F or so. I added a 90mm 110v fan to it for forced cooling, and now it just barely gets warm.
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Forum: Electric Brewing 10-30-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
I brew in the kitchen without any extra...

I brew in the kitchen without any extra ventilation; never had any problems with condensation. But then I do have 9ft ceilings, and air in my house is pretty dry (under 30% humidity), so it just acts...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-30-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,167
Posted By russki
Looking good! I've been very happy with my system...

Looking good! I've been very happy with my system so far; glad to have provided inspiration for your build.

As far as the heatsink goes, it certainly looks undersized to me. Check Ebay for a...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-30-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
You cannot do this with a single GFCI outlet. If...

You cannot do this with a single GFCI outlet. If you want to use non-GFCI outlets, you may want to use in-line GFCI cords, for example these Tasco 20 amp...
Forum: Electric Brewing 10-05-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
The diagram is in the first post of the thread -...

The diagram is in the first post of the thread - there are no instructions, you just have to follow the diagram, it's pretty self-explanatory. This controller runs two 120v elements using two 20A...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-02-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 28,508
Posted By russki
Very interesting... I placed an order through...

Very interesting... I placed an order through Midwest in June, and then had fraudulent charges on my CC (luckily Chase blocked them). Have not received anything from Midwest as stated.

Have these...
Forum: Electric Brewing 08-21-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,525
Posted By russki
1".

1".
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-30-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
You could use 12 gauge throughout the controller,...

You could use 12 gauge throughout the controller, it's just more difficult to work with, and you may have trouble finding 12-gauge terminals that fit the small contacts of the PID controller and the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-30-2013, 06:11 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
For the element circuits you need 12 gauge wire;...

For the element circuits you need 12 gauge wire; for the rest, you can use thinner wire (I used 18 gauge), since there's really not much amperage there.
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 06-30-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 6,966
Posted By russki
I would love a code as well. Thanks!

I would love a code as well. Thanks!
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-25-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
I broke both hot and neutral jumpers off to have...

I broke both hot and neutral jumpers off to have two completely separate circuits. The ground wire is common.
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-23-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 29,081
Posted By russki
I ran hot and neutral through it for both lines....

I ran hot and neutral through it for both lines. All ground leads are attached to one of the bolts I used to mount the terminal block. With a larger enclosure, you could certainly use separate...
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