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Forum: Electric Brewing Yesterday, 01:57 PM
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Posted By kal
Yup! When boiling the wort will be in constant...

Yup! When boiling the wort will be in constant motion so positioning in relation to heat transfer or similar really isn't important.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-25-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By kal
Positioning doesn't matter. As long as any...

Positioning doesn't matter. As long as any element that is on is submerged, that's good enough. Leave room for anything else that is the kettle. Leaving some space around them can make cleaning...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-21-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 32,581
Posted By kal
Possibly, I don't know. Just pointing out an...

Possibly, I don't know. Just pointing out an error as the original post says "This is the Heady Topper clone recipe from the current issue of BYO", but it isn't due to this omission.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-19-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 69,459
Posted By kal
Nothing wrong with fusing absolutely every...

Nothing wrong with fusing absolutely every component (as some people do), but I feel it's overkill. It's a personal choice.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-19-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 69,459
Posted By kal
You can if you like, but there's no specific...

You can if you like, but there's no specific requirement for it. You're building an experimental "home use" panel, so there's no requirement to do anything any specific way.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-19-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 138
Posted By kal
This is not specific to the boil coil, but any...

This is not specific to the boil coil, but any heating element (low watt density doesn't have anything to do with it) if you're only boiling then running it 100% may be fine if your volume of beer is...
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-19-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 69,459
Posted By kal
It's very low voltage/low current, so small 22 ga...

It's very low voltage/low current, so small 22 ga wire is fine. However, you may find it easier to attach something fatter like 14 ga. That's what I did. See the bottom blue wires attached to the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-17-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 32,581
Posted By kal
FYI - I've got the Mar/Apr 2013 BYO magazine in...

FYI - I've got the Mar/Apr 2013 BYO magazine in front of me with the recipe (see page 58). The first post here gets everything right but missed the 1oz of Citra (primary dry hop).

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-15-2014, 12:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 582
Posted By kal
No dehumidifier (outside of some giant room sized...

No dehumidifier (outside of some giant room sized unit) can remove that amount of water per hour. In my case my electric brewery boils off 1.9 gallons/hour. That's a lot of water.

Kal
Forum: DIY Projects 07-12-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,015
Posted By kal
Careful with the sizing of the fan and using...

Careful with the sizing of the fan and using natural gas. That's a 452 CFM (only) fan - enoug for electric but not really for natural gas / propane.

Due to the extra heat and poisonous gases that...
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-12-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 298
Posted By kal
+1 to the above ... the heating elements are 240V...

+1 to the above ... the heating elements are 240V AC so any 240V source will work. You can even use 208V or 220V sources, but you'll get slightly lower power output.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 07-12-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,094
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 07-12-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
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: 1,430
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: 1,580
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: 1,430
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: 22,680
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: 1,580
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
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Views: 270,840
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: 1,430
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: 827
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: 827
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: 1,430
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: 827
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: 589
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...
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