GFI is it really needed ? - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > GFI is it really needed ?

Thread Tools
Old 01-21-2012, 09:59 PM   #11
mabrungard's Avatar
Feb 2011
Carmel, IN
Posts: 4,165
Liked 621 Times on 482 Posts

There are a lot of things we don't really need in life. We don't need helmets, seatbelts, safety rules, etc. But, those things are there because the consequences of the chance that you are in some sort of accident outweigh the cost of the protection.

I really enjoy homebrewing, but its not worth dying for.
Martin B
Carmel, IN
BJCP National
Foam Blowers of Indiana (FBI)

Brewing Water Information at:

Like Bru'n Water on Facebook for occasional discussions on brewing water and Bru'n Water

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 07:24 PM   #12
Aug 2010
Clearwater, FL
Posts: 266
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts

If you have plugs on your electrical devices and they are in a possibly wet environment, you need GFCI by code.. The reason your hot water heater is not required to have GFCI is that you are not plugging it in to use it... If you decide to not use GFCI, your grounds should be really, really good and inspected often, and you should not ever plug things in with the outlets energized... a main contactor with an e-stop on it would serve this purpose. If you use GFCI, I highly suggest doing a wet run with no grain *all the way through*, I can imagine there would be nothing like a GFCI constantly tripping to ruin your day and tempt you to take a shortcut...

Then again, I am an electrical engineer and I can't count how many times I have shocked myself... never while making beer, though...

Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 09:23 PM   #13
Jan 2010
Posts: 723
Liked 100 Times on 69 Posts

Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2012, 02:21 PM   #14
shutupjojo's Avatar
Dec 2010
dundee, Oregon
Posts: 471
Liked 29 Times on 21 Posts

Thank you everyone for stressing the importance of having a GFCI
protecting you . I installed a spa panel and feel much safer now.
For $50.00 it's a no brainer , what was I thinking ?

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2362 PID / RTD Wiring help needed HellBentBrewCo Electric Brewing 3 03-03-2013 06:16 PM
Botched element install - advice needed dragonlor20 Electric Brewing 4 12-30-2011 07:53 PM
Size of wrench needed for 5500W ULWD cruelkix Electric Brewing 9 08-31-2011 01:00 AM
SSR heatsinks needed for metal enclosure? jfenton78 Electric Brewing 18 03-03-2011 07:47 PM
what size element needed to maintain temp twardnw Electric Brewing 5 01-28-2011 02:49 PM

Forum Jump