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Old 02-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Not a big stretch. I'm contemplating building an electric BK. I think I could figure it out, but would rather learn from the experience of those who have already done this. I'm limited to 120. I'm looking for...

A parts list
A set of step by step directions for dummies
A picture tutorial of someone's build

Maybe the subject should say I'm a greedy, selfish, want it all, jerk. I know I'm asking a lot but with all the great support out there I figure I might actually get what I'm looking for. It might come from 3 different sources (or more) but I'm guessing these things are out there.

Thanks in advance, you guys rock!

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Old 02-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Search the electric section ... Great stuff in there
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/stov...4/#post3650142 this is my build, super easy. feel free to ask any questions

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Old 02-19-2012, 11:28 PM   #5
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If limited to 120v, you should consider the stove assisted approach as mentioned. There is a link in my signature for my stovetop setup, you may find it useful.
10 gallon electric system
Stovetop 110v single vessel 5 gallon system

Primary: saison
Secondary: nada
Conditioning: macaroon stout
Drinking: store bought

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Old 02-20-2012, 01:49 AM   #6
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why are you limited to 120v?

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:33 PM   #7
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you havnt included all needed information.

-batch size
-kettle size and construction
-do you have welding or soldering capabilities?
-any electrical knowledge? can you read a schematic?
-how handy are you?
-power limitations (are you working with only a standard 15A circuit? "120v only" can mean a lot of things)

if you come to me and say "im stupid" then im not likely to tell you to go play with 120v electricity. you need to convince us you wont hurt yourself with this knowledge before we give it to you. from your one post, im not convinced.

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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It might be helpful to know why you are limited to 120V, but assuming you are, you may want to do a dual 120V element design where you use 2 outlets to power your BK.

You'll need to make sure they are both on separate circuits, or you'll probably pop the breaker. I'd also advise GFCI, which you can do fairly cheaply inline, or if you are a bit more adventurous, you could replace the breakers on the outlets you plan to use with GFCI breakers.

Do you have an electric dryer? If so it's pretty much got to be 220V. You *might* be able to find a way to utilize the circuit or outlet for brewing.

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Old 02-21-2012, 12:20 AM   #9
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Audger - I'm no master electrician, but I've done enough electrical work to know how not to kill myself. Batch size TBD, kettle size and construction TBD, welding or soldering NO, I can read a very basic schematic and basic is my plan, I'm plenty handy (before brewing I was a home boat builder), I'm a cheap ass (that's my budget), I am working with 15A's but could change if it makes enough sense. And finally I never said I was stupid, I said let's say I'm a dummy just to see what kind of basic/simple solutions I would be presented with.

Ultimately I could figure this all out on my own because I'm really lazy, not dumb. But why reinvent the wheel. If the knowledge is out there I'd rather just steal it. I'm open to all of the above when it comes to solutions. Right now I'm just in the research stage anyways. That's why I'm asking questions.

Homercidal, if u r still with me I was planning on a dual element design most likely.

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:16 AM   #10
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Do research then ask questions....

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