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Old 03-28-2012, 06:57 PM   #21
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Damn Sparky that is badass.


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Yeah - brew day (week?) at Sparky's!!!!


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Old 03-28-2012, 08:28 PM   #23
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Everyone is always welcome. Plenty of beer, but need to watch out for SWMBO - she'll put you to work in the yard!
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Man- your life sucks! You have to brew beer with an ocean view! And I thought I had it made in my basement

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:45 PM   #25
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We hard wired the element coil into the control panel and have about six feet of waterproof cord between the two so the kettle can be lifted and dumped. The single pump is hard mounted so that wasn't an issue. Since it is a Brutus 20 rig those are the only electrical connections on the cart. The panel connects to a locking plug off of a spa panel with a ten foot cord. The rig is on wheels, so it is just a matter of rolling it to the outlet and rolling it back to a corner of the garage when done. We hard wired primarily because my buddy felt it would be more water tight to do it that way.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:55 PM   #26
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Sparky that is really wonderful. (by the way folks there was a "brew view" thread about a year ago, some of you guys have a really nice view for sure).

Mux, I don't know what to say!
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Don't think anyone mentioned this, but a hardwired control panel could cause insurance issues if anything happens
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Don't think anyone mentioned this, but a hardwired control panel could cause insurance issues if anything happens
On that note, I can pretty much guarantee that a hard wired panel would be considered a "sub-panel" in my municipality, which would require permits.
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We hard wired the element coil into the control panel and have about six feet of waterproof cord between the two so the kettle can be lifted and dumped. The single pump is hard mounted so that wasn't an issue. Since it is a Brutus 20 rig those are the only electrical connections on the cart. The panel connects to a locking plug off of a spa panel with a ten foot cord. The rig is on wheels, so it is just a matter of rolling it to the outlet and rolling it back to a corner of the garage when done. We hard wired primarily because my buddy felt it would be more water tight to do it that way.
This is basically what I have in mind my system is on wheels and once the electronics are installed they will not be removed on a regular basis except for some maintenance or trouble shooting issue. I just don't see the point in adding 4 plugs for elements, 3 (minimum) for temp probes, 2 for pumps and another for your main power to your GFI.

1 more question that comes to mind Is there an issue with attatching the GFI(spa panel) to the brewing system and just running a "pig tail" from the GFI to the power outlet that powers the system? Or does the GFI need to be wired into the main breaker to function properly?
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:36 PM   #30
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An issue like this is more or less to each his own. There is certainly no hard rules about "to plug or not to plug" in wiring a control box. I like that people do it each his own way and then share it with everyone. You learn a lot more that way.

On the GFCI, you can simply use a dryer cord wired into the spa panel and plug it into a dryer outlet. It's perfectly safe and functional that way. I use my range outlet to plug my spa panel into and it works great.


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