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Forum: Electric Brewing 03-13-2013, 06:00 PM
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Yeh, but the hot lines in to the contactor from...

Yeh, but the hot lines in to the contactor from the service are exposed in any event, so you could get yourself zapped no matter how you wire the coils. Bottom line: unplug the panel when it's open....
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-13-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 27
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Hi jeffmeh, thanks for articulating my issue so...

Hi jeffmeh, thanks for articulating my issue so well. I was worried that there was something about contactors that I didn't understand. IMHO, the "loose wire" scenario plays out about the same,...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-13-2013, 01:09 PM
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Great story. Makes me glad I live in MN! (Is it...

Great story. Makes me glad I live in MN! (Is it just a coincidence that everyone else posting on this thread is from NC?) As I recall, you and I were working on our original control panels at the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-13-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 27
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Yeah, that's kind of the way I'm looking at it. ...

Yeah, that's kind of the way I'm looking at it. But since I'm not an EE or anything close, I'm going to go with the "conservative" approach and run both hot leads through the master switch (already...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-12-2013, 09:31 PM
Replies: 27
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Posted By CorgiBrew
I guess what I'm trying to understand is why it's...

I guess what I'm trying to understand is why it's less safe to run Line 2 direct to the coil, since Line 1 (on the other side of the coil) is open when the switch is off, so there is no completed...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-12-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Thanks AllanMar. Interesting diagrams! In the...

Thanks AllanMar. Interesting diagrams! In the end, I decided to go with Kal's solution, since it turns out I'm going to have to send 240v to the front panel anyway (understand the voltage isn't the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-12-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 27
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Thanks P-J (and jeffmeh). I think I'd need...

Thanks P-J (and jeffmeh). I think I'd need another block for my main panel switch to run Line 2 through it (I'm using an Auber SW8). But does it really make things "safer" to run it through the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-11-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 27
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Different guy, same mistake!

I just fired up the newly-minted Mark II version of my control panel and found that I had made the same mistake as the OP: 240V coil instead of 120V. Duh! Anyway, I'm planning to use what I have...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-08-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,862
Posted By CorgiBrew
Current Backflow through LED Circuit

Okay, this is for all of you EE's out there. I posted a couple of days ago about a wiring variation I'm considering for my panel based on Kal's design. To summarize, instead of powering the element...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-04-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By CorgiBrew
Yeah, that's the other solution I was thinking...

Yeah, that's the other solution I was thinking of. Already cut the wires though!
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-04-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By CorgiBrew
You mean like a barrel diode? What's the best...

You mean like a barrel diode? What's the best way to install one of these in line? I assume you just shrink tube it, put connectors at both ends and put it in-line with the neutral lead?
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-04-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By CorgiBrew
Quick Wiring Question

I'm working on the 2.0 version of my control panel, which is generally based on Kal's design. I've made a few minor tweaks, one of which is using the 110V versions of the boil element on indicator...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-09-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,827
Posted By CorgiBrew
My darling wife often reminds me that: 1)...

My darling wife often reminds me that:

1) brewing is a hobby;
2) all hobbies cost money;
3) at least this hobby results in something we can drink!

I am just embarking on the Mark II version...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-04-2011, 02:45 PM
Replies: 1,114
Views: 306,694
Posted By CorgiBrew
I've done that too, but ended up with a very dry...

I've done that too, but ended up with a very dry cider. If you want to keep a bit of sweet to offset the acid, you have to do something to keep the yeasties from eating all the sugar. There are...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-02-2011, 04:38 PM
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Ka Boom!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted that I was planning to try the pasteurization process in my eHERMS. It was a great idea, but in the meantime my bottles had, apparently, warmed up a bit (I was...
Forum: Electric Brewing 01-29-2011, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,800
Posted By CorgiBrew
Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but why would you...

Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but why would you bring both legs into your PID? The PIDs used for homebrewing typically run on 120v, so they only need one leg. There are some excellent wiring tutorials...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-21-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,394
Posted By CorgiBrew
Never say never, but I tried to save my sorbated...

Never say never, but I tried to save my sorbated batch with a lot of yeast (having also read that sorbate only prevents yeast reproduction) with no luck. Gave it plenty of time and yeast, but no go....
Forum: Cider Forum 01-21-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,394
Posted By CorgiBrew
Pasteurized cider should work, but you won't get...

Pasteurized cider should work, but you won't get anywhere with cider that's been treated with sorbate. Trust me, I know from sad experience (5 gal down the drain:()
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-18-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,324
Posted By CorgiBrew
I built a 3-keggle eHERMS system in my basement...

I built a 3-keggle eHERMS system in my basement last winter. It was a fun and interesting project in itself, and the end result has been far better beer at much greater convenience, and no more...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-15-2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 1,114
Views: 306,694
Posted By CorgiBrew
Pasteurize in HERMS?

A few posts ago I said I was going to try this pasteurization method on some cider. The holidays got too busy, so after bottling I just tossed the whole batch in the fridge at low temp and left it...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-09-2010, 04:23 PM
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Posted By CorgiBrew
In that case, a packet of champaign yeast just...

In that case, a packet of champaign yeast just before bottling should do the trick.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-09-2010, 01:38 PM
Replies: 1,114
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Posted By CorgiBrew
Yeah, I figured that'd probably be the case,...

Yeah, I figured that'd probably be the case, since I've never had an issue with bottle conditioning after extended lagering. Any reason why this wouldn't work just as well with an ale yeast?
Forum: Cider Forum 11-09-2010, 02:36 AM
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Views: 306,694
Posted By CorgiBrew
I started my batch with pasteurized Whole Foods...

I started my batch with pasteurized Whole Foods cider, which remained cloudy as the SG got down to my target. Fined it with Super Kleer KC with minimal results. Based on my experiences with wine and...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,107
Posted By CorgiBrew
I, alas, made the same mistake. Pitched 4...

I, alas, made the same mistake. Pitched 4 packets of Red Star Champagne on top of my initial pitch. Seems to be alive, but just barely.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2010, 02:56 PM
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Views: 313
Posted By CorgiBrew
Mega Meta!!!

I seem to be destined to screw up my cider this year. First, I bought 5 gal from a local orchard, only to later read the label and find out it had been treated with K-sorbate. Well, I pitched it...
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