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Old 04-27-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
ryclo
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Not sure I could have got much more into this box!

I have upgraded my controller from 120V to 240V and bought a 15 gallon pot and some 5500W elements. These suckers can sure heat up water quick!

Also got a sweet chugger pump which is going to help push my wort through the cfc at a much better rate!

Just about ready for my first 10 gallon batch...
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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you sir. are a hero, I'm setting up my first 4 keg system. how much were your suckers how much was your whole set up and how is that thing only 10 gallons?

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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I bought this pot for $118 shipped off amazon and installed my own valve and element using a step bit and knock out tool from harbor freight. I have been buying bits and pieces for the controller for the last year. I just built the PWM circuit and added a switch so I can plug in my 10 gallon HLT and control the temp with the PID (temp probe is only in the HLT) or I can plug in the boil kettle and use the PWM to control the boil with just my own eyes as feedback. KISS right?

I am thinking about adding a copper herms coil in my HLT to recirculate my mash (10 gallon cooler) to control temps but that probably will wait for a bit.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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where do you live so I can kidnap you, lock you in my shed and you can help me with my system. seriously though mate, very good finish perhaps you should do a tutorial? its a good set up mate.

I'm doing an internship at a microbrewery and your set up doesnt look too different.

Saint

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:43 PM   #5
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The tutorial that EVERYONE probably followed is right here man:

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/

This is how its done, my setup is ghetto by comparison!

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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I have the same pot and 5500w element. Love it. My system was probably 10x more expensive than yours and the same functionality

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #7
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I have the same pot and 5500w element. Love it. My system was probably 10x more expensive than yours and the same functionality
Ha ha, good to know.. I am known to be a cheap ass! Yesterday was my first wet test and everything worked like a charm! I used two 500 ohm resistors in my e-stop and it trips my gfi just fine. I actually think that the pot is great too... I bought my first one on craigslist (10 gal stainless) and had to scrub out the turkey oil for a bit but for $50 with a stainless propane burner I couldnt complain. But now I will never go back to propane!

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:03 PM   #8
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Yeah I did a single 10kw1ohm or whatever instead of chaining some together. It works perfect.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:13 PM   #9
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If I wasnt so cheap, I would consider buying another bayou classic for my MLT but the round orange drink cooler works pretty good for now! I could also see another pump in my future someday.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #10
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Unless you feel the need to move to great than a 10gal cooler I wouldn't bother, honestly. I like my dual-pot setup, and it looks sexy, but it's a little tricky not having insulation. Of course, you could always reflectix it.

 
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