Has anyone that went electric ever went back to gas? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Has anyone that went electric ever went back to gas?

View Poll Results: What are your thoughts on an electric system?
I am and I Love it! Electricity ALL THE WAY! 30 57.69%
I did and went back to gas. 0 0%
I'm thinking about it 14 26.92%
Lame Question. No pants here. 8 15.38%
Voters: 52. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-30-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
onthekeg
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Posts: 1,786
Liked 83 Times on 65 Posts



I was thinking about this reading a different thread, and I was curious.
I have my old system that if I ever wanted to go somewhere else and brew with propane, I could, but it isn't ever used anymore. A person stated that electric wasn't all that great and that people that have an electric system will always push their system as the best.

I have been electric for over a year and love it. Is there anyone out there that didn't love it?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 04:15 PM   #2
burglar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2010
Detroit
Posts: 58

We were thinking of keeping our old turkey fryer setup in case we wanted to brew outside. But since electric is so much more hands off, we can just leave the mash / boil alone in the basement and do whatever the heck else we want, including going outside.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 04:42 PM   #3
CoalCracker
 
CoalCracker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Macungie, Pa
Posts: 1,704
Liked 106 Times on 65 Posts


Built an electric brutus 20 and will probably never go back. So easy to brew like this.
__________________
coalcrackerbrewing.blogspot.com
Vintage Kegerator Build
1 BBL Tippy Dump

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
wildwest450
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Posts: 9,043
Liked 173 Times on 158 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by onthekeg View Post
A person stated that electric wasn't all that great and that people that have an electric system will always push their system as the best.
Do you believe everything you read, then base a poll on it. Imo this a foolish thread that does nothing to promote brewing, no matter how you decide to heat the water.


_

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 04:59 PM   #5
onthekeg
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Posts: 1,786
Liked 83 Times on 65 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by wildwest450 View Post
Do you believe everything you read, then base a poll on it. Imo this a foolish thread that does nothing to promote brewing, no matter how you decide to heat the water.


_
Thanks for your opinion! Too bad you didn't have any suggestions to make it better..

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 05:11 PM   #6
rod734
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Jasonville, IN
Posts: 197
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I like it, I'v been so hyped on getting my electric build going and finished I never even thought to ask about the cons. but I'v never seen anyone express any unfavorable aspects of electric brewing.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 05:18 PM   #7
Ranger9913
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Nashville
Posts: 299
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


I was at a friends house last night as he brewed on his top tier system. In that moment I realized how much easier and efficient electric really is. I will not be switching back.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 05:25 PM   #8
weirdboy
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Los Angeles
Posts: 8,219
Liked 493 Times on 398 Posts


I don't have the power supply available in this house to brew electric. I would need another run to the house in addition to upgrading everything between and adding new outlets, etc. Probably cost me more to build and brew electric here than to rent another place just for brewing.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 05:38 PM   #9
shushikiary
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
denver
Posts: 161
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


The only con that I've run into so far is scorching wort in a RIMS tube, BUT I need to clarify on that with details most dont give.

One, I was step mashing with it, and two it's a 4500 watt, and three I was running reduced flow rate to prevent bed compaction, four it is much more likely to occur with high protein mashes like wheat or rye. The scorching problem does go away if I compact the grain bed and go full flow, but I didnt want to do that so I switched to a dedicated hex for mash. The input water for the HEX is heated by the rims tube, so now no mash wort ever touches a heating element.

Another con would be that sometimes the heating elements grow rust or other corrosion on them, but placing a magnesium rod in the water with direct contact to the same metal surface that the heating element threads contact solves this.

Temperature control is much more uniform and easier if you do it right with PWM + SSR and PID. That's from my observations at least.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 12:12 AM   #10
GRHunter
 
GRHunter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Michigan
Posts: 564
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts


Seems like a strange place to take a poll like this.
__________________
Brewing beer is a fun and rewarding hobby. When you do good, you get beer. When you do bad, you get beer.
It's a lot like recreation league softball.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How Much Electric mykayel Electric Brewing 5 06-28-2011 11:29 PM
going electric chady74 Electric Brewing 1 06-23-2011 01:17 AM
Electric vs. Gas finger123 Electric Brewing 7 04-10-2011 03:48 PM
Electric HLT Keg drunkenmonkeybrewing Electric Brewing 7 04-05-2011 08:06 PM
3E Brewery going ELECTRIC!!! EuBrew Electric Brewing 17 10-28-2010 05:12 PM


Forum Jump