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Old 10-18-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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Kettle build (sight glass tee plugged with small tap for testing until RTD arrives):

from the front


from the side


down the barrel


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Old 10-18-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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Custom modified Harbor Freight brew stand:

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Old 10-18-2011, 06:01 PM   #3
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Control box build:

electronic parts pron


SSR and heat sink mounted on rear cover, switches mounted in front cover, terminal and fuse blocks mounted on bottom


220V side wired


110V side wired (minus the PID, which is the heart of the system)


fired up for a test run
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:03 PM   #4
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Tuning PID and getting ready for inaugural brew this weekend.

Special thanks to P-J, Kal, Scuba, Eric, and anyone else that offered advice (or I stole ideas from).

Electric brewing rocks!
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:27 PM   #5
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Looks good! Let us know how it worked

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:54 PM   #6
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Awesome build! This is almost exactly what I'm planning and gives me some great ideas.

Would love to hear any tips or what you'd change about it (maybe once you get a few brews under your belt).

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:01 PM   #7
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Awesome! This is what I want to do too. I was even eyeing the HF cart!

Which wiring diagram did you use (link)?

Thanks.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:05 PM   #8
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Awesome build! This is almost exactly what I'm planning and gives me some great ideas.

Would love to hear any tips or what you'd change about it (maybe once you get a few brews under your belt).
Only tip I can give at this point is to take your time with the build (especially the wiring). I spent several hours laying out and wiring the control box only to finish up @ midnight. A quick test showed an internal short which I then spent the next 3 hours chasing. Finally called it quits at 4:00 AM and forced myself to go to bed.

The next day, with a clear head, it took about 10 minutes to determine that I had actually wired the breaker in the spa panel incorrectly.

I can tell you that so far I really like this electric brewing thing: push a button and the water gets hot. No more lugging propane (and making sure I have enough), hauling out the burner, standing out in the cold (it's Fall here....snow is coming soon), etc.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:06 PM   #9
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Awesome! This is what I want to do too. I was even eyeing the HF cart!

Which wiring diagram did you use (link)?

Thanks.

The cart was on sale locally with a "super saver" coupon for $54.99, couldn't pass it up.

I used a combination of several diagrams posted here by P-J.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #10
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Other stats:

240/5500W element

62qt Bayou Classic with steamer basket and home-made voile bag

$50 Home Despot spa panel run from dedicated 50A circuit in main panel

electronics from Auberin

March pump

fittings (cam locks, weldless, etc) from Bargain Fittings


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