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Old 06-22-2011, 11:21 PM   #1
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Just about to finish my rig and I thought I would post some photos ...

I decided on a low-cost, PID temperature controlled, single vessel, electric BIAB. As shown it is in it's Partial Mash configuration and I am getting my pump in the next day or 2 to allow for all grain.

... I will update with my 1st PM brew and 1st All Grain brew photos over the next couple weeks.

Basic design is a 5500W ULD water heater element controlled by a CD-100 PID with a K-type thermocouple. The element is at the bottom of an aluminum 60ish qt tamale pot using the steamer tray as a false bottom. The valve allows for draining or for circulating during mash with a March 809 and the PVC dripper seen the the photo.



The control box is a HD 8x8 plastic electrical box. As an EE, I have an unhealthy lack of fear of electricity. It is ultra simple in design, with several unrecommended short-cuts added in for arguement sake. Basic elements.. dryer plug to dryer outlet, PID/SSR/heatsink/thermocouple controlled 240V to dryer plug outlet, switched 120V power plug for pumps, switched 120V power to PID, LED indicating main 240V plugged in.



The heater element is a 5500W ULD element and brings the water to mash temp in about 10 min.



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Old 06-23-2011, 04:46 PM   #2
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Looks nice! My first thought was, "damn, he really fit a sh*tload of stuff into that enclosure."

So you just dangle your thermocouple into the wort?

 
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:03 PM   #3
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So you just dangle your thermocouple into the wort?
Yup... I may eventually thru wall it, but by dropping it in I have one less thing that I have to disconnect if I want to wash the pot in the house.

 
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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Nice job -very similar to mine. Looks like the same wire cart as well. I clean my kettle in place, with Oxiclean water and a simple scrub brush/pump for recirculating. It is a very easy cleaning job compared to my older 3 keggle system.

 
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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Very cool, I used the next size smaller box from home depot for my build and decided to mount the heat sink outside the box instead of a fan. Nice job!

Auber now sells a quick disconnect RTD probe that allows you to disconnect it right at the pot which I just received in yesterday. Looks nice so far, but it didnt have a mounting nut with it.

 
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:39 PM   #6
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Looking good, buddy! You have a great minimalist approach to homebrewing. I do suggest you mount the TC.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:03 PM   #7
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Cool set-up! I'm debating on going with a full-blown eHERMS rig or just going for the minimalist eBIAB approach.

Question - How do you keep the weight of the bag off the element? I'm assuming you don't just drop it in and leave it, do ya?

 
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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Cool set-up! I'm debating on going with a full-blown eHERMS rig or just going for the minimalist eBIAB approach.

Question - How do you keep the weight of the bag off the element? I'm assuming you don't just drop it in and leave it, do ya?
I think he has a false bottom type cover to separate the two from touching. Where did you get that pot? It looks sweet.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:02 PM   #9
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I am using a very cheap aluminum tamale pot. $40ish at Fiesta. It has the steamer false bottom that keeps everything safely above the element.

If you look at the 1st photo you can see the indent that the false bottom sits on.

If you look at the 3rd photo you can see the steamer insert (false bottom)

 
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:49 AM   #10
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Argh I want that pot!

You've inspired me. In spite of the fact that I just upgraded my "brewery", I desperately want one of these in my laundry room for winter brewing. Just might make it happen, if I can find a decently priced 60 qt pot of some type or another...no fiesta's around here!
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