I brew about 2 x 10gallon batches and 2 x 5 gallon batches per month and I'm planning on switching over my single vessel keggle, cooler mashtun all-grain propane setup to electric. I need to have some work done on the electric panel in the house, so I figure while the electrician's here - why not !
I'm doing a few things different than normal (as usual) and wanted to run some ideas past the far more knowledgeable people than me on this forum, so I figure I'll fire away with off the wall questions, eventually come to some sort of conclusion, and document the build with photos for people to search for in the future !
So here goes :
1) I want to design my control panel visually, with a little room for upgrades, then figure out how to wire it (I've been studying P-J's diagrams for a while now, and I'm not thinking of anything too off the wall, just a slight modification)
2) I have a stainless control box already, it's 14.75" x 7" and 6" deep, and instead of putting the switches through the door, I'd like to mount them in wood inset inside the door, leaving around 4" behind the face. Is that enough space for a SSR ?
3) Is the Auber PID really that small ?? 1/16din is only 1.89"x1.89", i thought it would be twice that size !
4) I'm considering mounting the element to a 1.5" triclover cap with metal work box, and welding a 1.5 triclover on the back of the keggle. I'm thinking that for simplicity (and $) sake, I would wire it straight into the control panel without a 30amp locking receptacle and plug. I'll just undo the triclamp after I powerdown and unplug the control panel, then store the CP and the element together. Has anyone else done that ??
Thanks so much for any help !
Here is a pic of my current plan (I want to include the HLT BK selector for a future upgrade)
The switches are all the usual stuff :
Estop - automationdirect.com GCX3139
Selectors (PID, Alarm, Fan, Pump) - Grainger 2VLN5
Kettle select lights - Grainger 1XWL6
Kettle select switch - Grainger 2TPF8 ?
Alarm Buzzer - Auber FLBuz
I've learned so much on this forum already !