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Old 12-03-2012, 08:22 PM   #61
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Would this element work? I am looking to run this on the same control panel I am parting together, which is a replica of yours.
Looks good to me.
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On Deck: Motor Oil Barleywine, Cider Trials, Vanilla Cream Ale, California Blonde
Primary: Cotton Blossom Traditional Mead, 1744 Porter (Ale-ian Society Club Brew), Old Ale
Secondary: Peach Wine, Cranberry Cider
Kegged: Nothing :(
On Tap: Nothing :(
Bottled: Yup still nothing...

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:48 PM   #62
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Awesome. Obviously that is on the lowest of the totum pole, but it is a plan for the future. As for the control box, the back plate FINALLY came in today. It was the biggest headache to get, only took 3.5 weeks! I am getting the interal components in two weeks and then I will be all set to start assembling come the start of the New Year. Going to do both my 82qt and 44qt kettle. Can't wait to go electric.

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:27 PM   #63
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Voltin,

Great build, I have now looked at this several times. Just wondering, is there anything you would have done differently?

Thanks

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:28 PM   #64
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Voltin,

Great build, I have now looked at this several times. Just wondering, is there anything you would have done differently?

Thanks
I would definitely go with a bigger pot, the 44qt is too small for bigger beers. I would probably also go stainless instead of aluminum. I can't (or at least shouldn't) use PBW or Oxyclean on aluminum which means cleanup isn't easy and thorough as I would like. If I had used stainless then I could just recirculate PBW through the pump, valves and chiller, instead of just water. I might also consider welded fittings instead of weldless for ease of assembly and extra security, although haven't had any problems with my weldless fittings. Finally, Auber now has a braided cable of their own that I would buy instead of making my own like Kal does. I never got my cable right and I think I may have wore it out through use.

Hope that helps!
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My eBIAB Build | Texas Blues and Brews Festival

On Deck: Motor Oil Barleywine, Cider Trials, Vanilla Cream Ale, California Blonde
Primary: Cotton Blossom Traditional Mead, 1744 Porter (Ale-ian Society Club Brew), Old Ale
Secondary: Peach Wine, Cranberry Cider
Kegged: Nothing :(
On Tap: Nothing :(
Bottled: Yup still nothing...

 
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:27 PM   #65
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Great build, I'm going with the same setup, thanks for posting all your details!
I'd like to add a digital voltmeter and ampmeter like Kal but a bit confused if I can just add it (the voltmeter is up to 300VAC so should be no problem?) but the ampmeter is DC4.5-28V input. Do I need a transformer and adjustable power supply like Kal or can I just do a transformer for the ampmeter or?
I'd like to make sure the brightness of the LED is the same for both too, so do I do the same thing to both even though the voltmeter is rated high?
Anyone can give me a hand?

Links to voltmeter and ampmeter respectively:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271022616522
http://www.ebay.com/itm/160944741481

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Old 01-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #66
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Great build, I'm going with the same setup, thanks for posting all your details!
I'd like to add a digital voltmeter and ampmeter like Kal but a bit confused if I can just add it (the voltmeter is up to 300VAC so should be no problem?) but the ampmeter is DC4.5-28V input. Do I need a transformer and adjustable power supply like Kal or can I just do a transformer for the ampmeter or?
I'd like to make sure the brightness of the LED is the same for both too, so do I do the same thing to both even though the voltmeter is rated high?
Anyone can give me a hand?

Links to voltmeter and ampmeter respectively:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271022616522
http://www.ebay.com/itm/160944741481

Thanks.
I am certainly no expert on wiring up the voltmeter and ampmeter. But, it looks like the ampmeter is wired up in the same way as Kal's (http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/co...-part-2?page=9). I am not too sure about the voltmeter. There is no datasheet, or photo of the back of the device provided. It looks as if there are only two wires so it may draw its power directly for the supply it is monitoring, but based on the size of the wires shown in the picture I would doubt it. My suggestion would be to ask the seller to provide either photo of the back of the unit, or even better a datasheet in English.
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On Deck: Motor Oil Barleywine, Cider Trials, Vanilla Cream Ale, California Blonde
Primary: Cotton Blossom Traditional Mead, 1744 Porter (Ale-ian Society Club Brew), Old Ale
Secondary: Peach Wine, Cranberry Cider
Kegged: Nothing :(
On Tap: Nothing :(
Bottled: Yup still nothing...

 
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #67
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Great build, I'm going with the same setup, thanks for posting all your details! I'd like to add a digital voltmeter and ampmeter like Kal <snip> Thanks.
This is an honest question; hope it doesn't sound like I'm being disagreeable: what purposes do an ammeter and voltmeter serve?

1. If all your electrical components are sized appropriately for the elements, pumps, bells and whistles, and the breaker back at the box is sized appropriately, what useful information do these additional components provide?

2. In what scenarios would the voltmeter or ammeter help me or provide me with some kind of warning that something untoward might be about to happen?

Respectfully,
Keith

 
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:23 PM   #68
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You are right, I'm adding them pretty much just for the "cool" factor, digital digits look good on the panel.

I guess I'll just plan on going with kal's setup for both to play it safe.

Thanks guys

 
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:38 PM   #69
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This is an honest question; hope it doesn't sound like I'm being disagreeable: what purposes do an ammeter and voltmeter serve?

1. If all your electrical components are sized appropriately for the elements, pumps, bells and whistles, and the breaker back at the box is sized appropriately, what useful information do these additional components provide?

2. In what scenarios would the voltmeter or ammeter help me or provide me with some kind of warning that something untoward might be about to happen?

Respectfully,
Keith
Neither are required for proper operation. You are right if you spec all your wires right, and ensure that it is impossible to draw too much amperage (say by having multiple elements on at the same time) they are completely unnecessary. They are pretty cool though .
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On Deck: Motor Oil Barleywine, Cider Trials, Vanilla Cream Ale, California Blonde
Primary: Cotton Blossom Traditional Mead, 1744 Porter (Ale-ian Society Club Brew), Old Ale
Secondary: Peach Wine, Cranberry Cider
Kegged: Nothing :(
On Tap: Nothing :(
Bottled: Yup still nothing...

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:13 AM   #70
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Well, at least for a few people, the voltmeter revealed to them that they were on 3-phase 208v, rather than split phase 120/240v, lol.

 
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