I have been AG brewing for about a year now and would love to transfer away from the electric stove and propane burner into a nice electric HERMS setup. I have been doing a ton of reading and have hit information overload lol. I am only interested in doing 3g and 5g batches. My current equipment consists of an 11g and a 9g Bayou Classic stainless pot and a 10 gallon round cooler (the Home Depot one). I am hoping to create a simple setup where I can control my MLT and HLT (through the use of a PID). I was checking out Kal's electric brewery and was able to follow along until I seen the control panel. I love his setup and would like to set up my kettles in a similar fashion. The big problem is that I know next to nothing about electricity. If I can, I would like to use 2, 2000W 120v elements. I do understand that I will need to split the power up between 2, 20 amp circuits (my home was built in 1998 so I assume the kitchen has 2 circuits). I just placed an order for a March pump and would like to keep the build within the 5-600$ range (money is not the issue, just my knowledge of hooking all this stuff up lol). I would appreciate any information people may have. It would also be helpful if someone knows of a similar type of build and could point me in the right direction. I am sure this is the first of many questions, but appreciate the help in advance!
Top for the afternoon crowd I have been playing with my equipment, and my initial thoughts are to use the cooler as a HLT with an element and HERMS coil installed, use the 11g pot as the MLT and the 9g as a boil kettle (I may just stick with propane for the boil). My big problem is I don't really know what I need to put together to get the HLT and MLT up an running.
I'd to the other way around and use the kettle as the hlt and the cooler as the mlt. This way you are heating in the metal, and using the heat exchanger in the plastic. here is a diagram of a simple hermes system run by a brewtroller. http://www.brewtroller.com/wiki/doku...m_design:start
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