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Old 03-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #11
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What I did was mount my control box to a rolling cart and hardwired the receptacles to the cart. I have a 10 foot cable from the back of the controller to the spa outlet everything else is in pvc across the back of the cart.


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Old 03-28-2012, 01:41 PM   #12
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What I did was mount my control box to a rolling cart and hardwired the receptacles to the cart. I have a 10 foot cable from the back of the controller to the spa outlet everything else is in pvc across the back of the cart.
Thats a good idea. One of the issues I am worried about is having all these 220 dryer cords plugged into my small control panel, and the tension from the thick cords pulling on the panel all the time. I was originally thinking the CP could just sit on my bench but I think it will have to be mounted fairly securely I believe.


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Since my system is totally portable it was better for me to put the locking plugs on the control box. It's much easier for me to clean and store my system on it's roller cart.
My control box is plastic and the appliance plugs take so much force to insert plus I wanted my outlets on the bottom. I am not aware of an appliance plug that isn't 90.
I plan on adapting the main power cord for the box and the kettle later on.
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I was just making sure I wasn't missing something. My system is built on a rolling stand everything is plumed in with 5/8 od hard copper & stainless fittings, with the exception of my MT that is set up to dump & be switched out for a larger MT when more than 3 of us are brewing. Cleaning has never been a problem, after brewing everything is cleaned out & flushed, drained and stored with all the valves open to dry.
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I feel the plug for pwr in is a little over done. I dont know people w many of those recept that if i wanted to go there for a brew day id be able to just pack up my stuff and go. Also i dont really want to either. Cleaning of the vessels is a different story. I def want to detach my vessels from the elect connection and get a good cleaning. But thats also why theres a nut on the element. Just undo the nut amd take it out. Wipe it down. Sanitize and reinstall. Now u have me thinkin about doing away w my plugs. Save the room in my cp. Hmmmm
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I feel the plug for pwr in is a little over done. I dont know people w many of those recept that if i wanted to go there for a brew day id be able to just pack up my stuff and go. Also i dont really want to either. Cleaning of the vessels is a different story. I def want to detach my vessels from the elect connection and get a good cleaning. But thats also why theres a nut on the element. Just undo the nut amd take it out. Wipe it down. Sanitize and reinstall. Now u have me thinkin about doing away w my plugs. Save the room in my cp. Hmmmm
How do you have your element installed such that you can get to the wiring easily, unscrew the nut(s) (two power and one ground) then reattach so easily?
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I chose to hardwire everything for several reasons. It was simpler, it cost less, it left more room inside my control panel, it looks cleaner, and it matches my intended hard-plumbing. I intend for this to all be clean in place. That being said, I am a mechanic by trade, and I know that EVERYTHING is prone to failure. Everything in my build is assembled to be serviceable, meaning that I can disassemble IF needed without a complete disaster. My girlfriend might not be able to take it apart (because of the lack of plugs) but she probably shouldn't be touching the rig anyhow
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How do you have your element installed such that you can get to the wiring easily, unscrew the nut(s) (two power and one ground) then reattach so easily?
Ok. So i forgot one step. "undo grd". Then remove nut and take out element. Either way not a big deal. Not dealin w either phase wires
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Brewing outdoors vs indoors is what drives the hard wire format.
Here you go: Outside brewing with 60amp whip, plug & sleave.
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Brewing outdoors vs indoors is what drives the hard wire format.
Here you go: Outside brewing with 60amp whip, plug & sleave.
Okay you suck!

I want to brew there.


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