Here are some photos of the 2nd test run. First test run, we had a bad thermistor and had to get that exchanged. I'll warn you up front, these are taken at night and poor lighting of course, and with my iPhone. We are planning on a real run next Saturday, so I'll have a good camera and will try to get some video as well.
First, here's the system:
Pardon the mess, but this was rolled out to the edge of the garage and you can see my Harley covered. Hopefully you'll get an idea of the system's footprint and what it looks like.
Next is the top, here you'll see where we mounted the thermowell and a ninty degree fitting coming out of the lid. This is the return during recirculation.
Here you'll see where the element goes. This is the hardware from Brewers Hardware. I have an anode on one side of the element and a 6" thermowell on the other. This will be used during the chilling stage. I used some blacktape on the cable because it looks like it would be easy to unravel. I have checked inside this fitting, 2 times, and it's as dry as a bone. Nice setup from Brewers Hardware.
Finally, here's the part I dreamed up. I liked BIAB, but thought the flow would go to the path of least resistance and therefore maybe run through the sides without going down to the bottom of the grain bed. My thoughts, I purchased a 9 gal Bayou Classic SS kettle, had a bail put in, cut the bottom out leaving a 1" skirt and had a blichman false bottom welded in. I also had the handles cut off. Next we drilled 4 holes for legs, it will stand about 4.5" above the bottom, allowing enough clearance from the element as well as a reservoir of about 3.25 gal of liquid. This will allow a fairly regular mash consistency while still having all the mash water in the kettle. I hope this works as I think. I will know more after the live run next weekend and I'll report back.
Also, the High Gravity EBC SV worked flawlessly on the two test runs we've made. Kept temps within 1 degree either way. It took 38 minutes to ramp 52 degree water to strike of 156 degrees, this was while recirculating as well. Using 4500 Watt element @80%
I'll be happy to answer any questions. I will also, as stated above, get much better pictures during the full brew next weekend.