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Old 09-04-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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So is a control panel MANDATORY foe elecbrewing? Couldn't I just plug everything in?


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Old 09-04-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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Not mandatory but makes life easier. You can program in your temperatures for the heating elements to control everything from hot liquor temps, mash temps and boil, kind of set and forget


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Old 09-04-2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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It's not mandatory, but it makes is much easier to turn off (or down) a kettle that is about to boil over!

And it depends on what you're doing. If you have an HLT, for example, how will you control the temperature that it reaches? If you only go as hot as it goes, and then turn it off that would work but it's much easier to set it for "175" and walk away knowing it won't be boiling when you come back.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:40 PM   #4
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Yes, my current setup is plug-in only. It is difficult to control the temps if you are planning on using it for your mash though. Definitely the cheapest way to get into electric brewing is to build a plug in kettle, then add in the pid/control later. I did this and it works well, but need to add the temp control for biab all grain.
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I just don't have the know-how to build one of those boxes....and I certainly don't want to mess something like thatup.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #6
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There are so many plans available on here and a lot of great knowledge, I am sure you could take a stab at it. Also there are pre-made boxes such as http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...ewery-c269.htm as well as http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/control-panel for a pre-built or an extensive step by step.
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There are so many plans available on here and a lot of great knowledge, I am sure you could take a stab at it. Also there are pre-made boxes such as http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...ewery-c269.htm as well as http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/control-panel for a pre-built or an extensive step by step.
I wish I had $2200 sitting around to get the Elec Brewery one...it looks so damn flashy.
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The guy that built my control panel is a friend of mine (lschiavo on this forum). Maybe you have a friend that would be able to help out?

I'm not able to build my own CP, so I know that some people have the know-how and ability and some don't even with great diagrams. You may know someone that can do it, though, and save you a ton of $$$$.
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I said the same thing, I don't know how to build one of those control panels. I did do it and it was very simple. You don't have to go crazy. I have a 1 pid 2 element setup, that let's you switch and use the pid for hlt or for boil control. Find a p-j diagram you want to use and ask questions if you don't know what to do. With hbt helping you you should be able to do it even with minimal electrical knowledge. Don't worry about messing something up. It will either work or not work. You are not building a thermonuclear device, it's pretty straight forward.
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I plan on doing a simple electric kettle. It seems daunting but there is to s of information on here. Good luck!


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