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Old 08-14-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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I'm looking in to making my first electric brew kettle. I need some help on figuring out what I need and how to set it up.
I am planning on using a Camco 02963 5500W 240V heating element and a PID temperature controller.
I want to be able to control the temperture to get mash temps and also to control a good rolling boil.
I don't need to control pumps or anything like that. I just want to heat up water to certain temps.
If anyone could give me some kind of parts list and a diagram. I'm planing on buying most of the stuff I need from amazon

Thanks to anyone that will help


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Old 08-15-2012, 12:04 AM   #2
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Also I would like to use 120V.


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Old 08-15-2012, 03:29 AM   #3
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Changed my mind, 220v would be best.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:40 AM   #4
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I'm looking in to making my first electric brew kettle. I need some help on figuring out what I need and how to set it up.
I am planning on using a Camco 02963 5500W 240V heating element and a PID temperature controller.
I want to be able to control the temperture to get mash temps and also to control a good rolling boil.
I don't need to control pumps or anything like that. I just want to heat up water to certain temps.
If anyone could give me some kind of parts list and a diagram. I'm planing on buying most of the stuff I need from amazon

Thanks to anyone that will help
You had me until you said you will purchase from Amazon. Nothing against them - No Way - It's just that they do not sell the 'stuff' you really need to do the job right.

Oh well, Wish you great success.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:17 PM   #5
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Where else should I shop?
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:22 PM   #6
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PJ, I have seen some of your diagrams on this forum. There really good. Do you have one for something that Im looking for? or something similar? The thing I mainly get hung up on is what parts I need.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #7
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If you just want to hit some temps for strike water and do a boil why don't you just a brew thermometer and kill the power a degree or two short of your setpoint. Those low watt density elements wont scorch your wort either on full throttle so i don't see the need to control the boil, Suppose you could use a PWM circuit and an SSR to reduce power transfer but no need to get over sophisticated with just one pot!
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You want to use these guys for your PID and temp probe, possibly your SSR/heatsink and switches/buttons: http://www.auberins.com/

I used Amazon for a lot of the "generic" parts like the element, dryer outlet, dryer cord, contactor, magnesium anode, etc.
I even got my SSR and heat sink from Amazon. But I used Auber for the PID, RTD probe and switches.


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