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Old 09-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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I've been searching this forum and many other corners of the web to figure out the cost of making the control panel I want for my future electric brewery. My electrical skills are crap, but I'm sure I could put a control panel together with the help of an electrical engineer friend...

My question is, is there anyone willing to make custom electric control panels? I've seen the brewmation ones, and they're lacking some features I want, and aren't terribly nice to look at. I've also been in contact with Marcus from Brewers Equipment, and it seems like an option, but I wanted to see what else was out there. I'm obviously expecting to pay for these services in addition to the cost of goods...

So... any takers?



 
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:53 PM   #2
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I'm an electrical engineer. What fetuses do you want? Push buttons? Lights? Temp readout?



 
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:54 PM   #3
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Factorymation.com is a pretty good site to gather information.

 
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:00 PM   #5
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... I think (hope) you meant features??

I'm looking for two PID's, element on lights, element switch between HLT and BK, 2 pump switches, panel on/off. If you're willing to make the elements and probes as well, that's definitely something I'd consider...


 
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:03 PM   #6
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Yeah. Lol. Sorry autocorrect on the iPhone. How much you looking to spend?

 
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:04 PM   #7
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sent you an email...

 
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:52 PM   #8
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What about the Electric Brewery? In case you have not, check out www.theelectricbrewery.com. Kal sells both ready-to-go and DIY kits.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:57 PM   #9
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My friend, lschiavo here on the forum, is an electric engineer who owns a electrical contracting business. He built my CP, and I bet he'd be happy to build others. There pictures of mine in my gallery:



You could send him a PM if you want: http://iam.homebrewtalk.com/lschiavo
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:02 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input! I checked out Kal's site extensively, and I'm using his design as my "inspiration", but it's definitely more than I need. I'm basically looking for a "Kal Lite" panel with similar aesthetic appeal...



 
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