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Old 02-21-2010, 11:46 PM   #21
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I designed the Simple brewery and 2P-Twent-E to be usable anywhere and store small. I think it is the ideal apartment brewery, or at least that is the purpose of the design. I am really happy with it after our first brew day last week.

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I love the electric so far.

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:11 AM   #22
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I get some condensation built up on the walls if I dont open a window and sliding glass door. I wouldn't mind brewing outside if it wasn't for the florida heat and mosquitoes. When the temperature is nice, the bugs are out, and even then it is too hot in the summer. Brewing in the garage is like a personal sauna and the bugs will still find you.

Plus it is only 2 bucks and change in electricity per batch. Maybe if I was a little further north the outside would be a little more appealing.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:47 AM   #23
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I have never brewed indoors, not even in a garage.

I used to use gas. Once I went out there and the burner had blown out and the area smelled like gas. Enough of that.

I'm electric now and I can't imaging going back to a flame. Too many advantages to list here.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:09 AM   #24
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ELECTRIC????? I don't get it. Out west it cost more and is less efficient. Gas is cheep and with 170,000 BTU gas burners you can't beat it. I have never heard of inexpensive electric burners that will put out that much. Electric? No way!!
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:15 AM   #25
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ELECTRIC????? I don't get it. Out west it cost more and is less efficient. Gas is cheep and with 170,000 BTU gas burners you can't beat it. I have never heard of inexpensive electric burners that will put out that much. Electric? No way!!
Not true at all.

Gas burners are about 25% eff at getting BTUs to the kettle. Electricity is basically 100% efficient. A 170,000 BTU burner will produce the heating power of 43,000 BTUs, that is the extent of it. If a 170,000 BTU burner provided 170,000 BTUs of heat to your kettle, youd get 13 gallons from 60F to a boil in 6 minutes flat, and it doesnt.

Electricity in California is not that expensive. In Antioch you pay $.14 per kWh, here in Indiana I pay $.10 per kWh. That is quite average across this great land.

A 20lb tank of propane contains about 17 pounds of propane, or 374,000 BTUs. If you are going to net 25% of that, you are getting about 95,000 BTUs from that tank at a cost of about $16.

1kW is 3412 BTUs... so you need about 28,000W or 28 kW to equal the same 95,000 BTUs in a 20lb tank of propane. In Indiana that would cost me $2.80, in California that would cost you $3.92. If you pay $.57 per kWh, then it would be equal to the cost of propane anyhow.

Speed of heating. This is tied to BTU output, and since electricity is so much more eff. at getting the BTUs into the kettle to do work, you need a lot fewer total BTUs to get the same outcome.

A 9000W kettle like I have will heat 13 gallons from 60F to boiling in 34 minutes. That is 30,708 BTUs, the equivelant of a 123,000 BTU burner, at 1/5 the cost to operate.

Bottom line, electricity is fast, cheap and clean.


 
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