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Forum: Electric Brewing Today, 08:24 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By kal
It's always recommended to put fridges/freezers...

It's always recommended to put fridges/freezers (or any device with a compressor) on its own dedicated circuit. When the compressor first kicks in the current inrush can be high.

The worst thing...
Forum: Electric Brewing Today, 08:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 80
Posted By kal
What's the reason for wanting to use both gas and...

What's the reason for wanting to use both gas and electric in the same kettle?

Kal
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 07-04-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,210
Posted By kal
I actually do exactly the same... there's about a...

I actually do exactly the same... there's about a 10 min rest between the time I mash in, stir in my salts well, take pH readings, adjust if required, re-read. Then recirc starts.

Sorry - my...
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-04-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,271
Posted By kal
As dyqik mentioned, you don't actually need a...

As dyqik mentioned, you don't actually need a temp probe to use a PID in manual (duty cycle) mode.

Most PIDs (including Auber SYL-2352 PIDs) require that a temperature probe be connected in order...
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 07-02-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,210
Posted By kal
+1. You need to recirc to avoid the...

+1. You need to recirc to avoid the stratification you'll get. You won't be able to hold a constant temp otherwise.


Why?

Kal
Forum: DIY Projects 06-30-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 21,851
Posted By kal
Everyone will have their own reasons for choosing...

Everyone will have their own reasons for choosing one manufacturer over the other, but I thought I'd clarify a few things: I often see people mention that sanitary fittings are "better" because they...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-26-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,271
Posted By kal
They mean with wort. Typically brewers never heat...

They mean with wort. Typically brewers never heat mash directly with any sort of heating element due to the localized heat that can scorch. This is why RIMS and HERMS do it via recirculation against...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 06-24-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 1,527
Views: 265,705
Posted By kal
Looks like it as well! Kal

Looks like it as well!

Kal
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 06-22-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,210
Posted By kal
Another reasons to recirculate the full time is...

Another reasons to recirculate the full time is that you're basically vorlaufing (filtering) for the entire duration. The wort by the end is crystal clear.

Cloudy at the start:
...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-20-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 767
Posted By kal
Yes, if you have everything wired through the hot...

Yes, if you have everything wired through the hot bus. Wire the heating elements separately.

Sorry for the confusion - I was only pointing out what I do on my 240V/120V control panel. My heating...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-20-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 767
Posted By kal
That is up to you. It's not 'needed' but some...

That is up to you. It's not 'needed' but some people like to add them.

For what it's worth, I find many people go over the top with protecting every device inside the panel with independent fuses....
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 06-18-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,210
Posted By kal
I run mine for 90-120 minutes to sometimes even 3...

I run mine for 90-120 minutes to sometimes even 3 hours.

Astringency issues would be elsewhere.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-18-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 767
Posted By kal
I'd use a metal plate instead of plywood if you...

I'd use a metal plate instead of plywood if you can. It'll be thinner and safer.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By kal
Speak to your electrician. This has been...

Speak to your electrician. This has been discussed ad nauseam on the forum here in dozens of threads and what it basically comes down to is personal interpretation of the rules. I cover some the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By kal
Corrrect. This is the standard 30A control panel....

Corrrect. This is the standard 30A control panel.


No, probably not. Follow the changes required to adapt and build a 50A "back to back" control panel here...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By kal
I have complete instructions to build this sort...

I have complete instructions to build this sort of 50A back to back control panel right here (http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25793), including parts lists and wiring...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By kal
Even if you didn't have free electricity, in most...

Even if you didn't have free electricity, in most places in North America the cost of brewing a batch with electricity costs 5-10 times less than brewing with liquid propane. So there's absolutely no...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 06-17-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 1,527
Views: 265,705
Posted By kal
New Zealand IPA ...

New Zealand IPA

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/images/NewZealandIPA.jpg

A tropical punchbowl of flavours including passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon blanc grapes from the Galaxy,...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By kal
Even many 'standard' mechanical relays are not...

Even many 'standard' mechanical relays are not meant for that sort of switching, which is why solid state relays (SSRs) are used. There's no physical contacts to wear out or get dirty.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By kal
You may plug the heating element directly into a...

You may plug the heating element directly into a wall receptacle but keep in mind that you may need some way to throttle power (otherwise it'll be on 100%). Normally people use a control panel of...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-17-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By kal
While I wouldn't dump it all in at once, it's...

While I wouldn't dump it all in at once, it's pretty hard to burn on an ULWD element.

Bitters and Esters (a brew on premise place that does mostly extract) did over 300 batches on their electric...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-14-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By kal
Yup! However - If you know you're going to...

Yup!

However - If you know you're going to upgrade to 50A eventually (not sure if that's the case), you might as well put 6/4 in the joists instead of 10/4 now and then replace it later with 6/4....
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-13-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 533
Posted By kal
The black heating rods on Camco heating elements...

The black heating rods on Camco heating elements are made from the highest Grade Nickel and Chromium Incoloy which is high temperature and corrosion resistant.

It is essentially a mix of premium...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-13-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 922
Posted By kal
That's definitely not grounded. Not grounding is...

That's definitely not grounded. Not grounding is a safety concern.

They definitely used a 4-wire cable to power to the two heating elements. As BadNewsBrewery mentioned, the green may be...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-13-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By kal
Nice job! Regarding using temp probes on the...

Nice job!

Regarding using temp probes on the mash "in" and "out": I used to have my mash probe on the "in" side but the temp was always the same as the HLT temp so it was redundant.

So I...
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