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Old 10-24-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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After looking around a bunch on the threads, the one question I didn't see asked does anyone regret, or has anyone switched back to direct fire after going electric? I am currently running a single tier 3 keggle set up, and was thinking of adding a control panel. After a little more looking, and the fact that I am tired of all of the propane refills, I am thinking of switching to electric. It seems more efficient, more reliable than an automated burner set up, and, well, cheaper to run at the end of the day. Plus its a good excuse to build something new. After switching anyone have any regrets?

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:34 PM   #2
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None. Cheap to operate. Instant control, clean and very quiet.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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No regrets here. E-brewing is far more controllable than direct fire (IMHO), in most cases faster, and definitely marries well with E-automation. The only real limitation I can foresee is if you want to move to a 3BBL+ brewing rig. But then you're more than likely looking at steam anyway - yet a different can of worms.

Make the move. You won't regret it! Flickin' the bic is fun, but flickin' the breaker's much easier.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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Opinions on herm vs rim? For those times I want a step mash, my current set up is rim and I don't have any scorching problems with a direct fire, any problems with the heating element contacting the grain if I stick one in the mash tun? Ok, I admit in being a bit lazy asking this question and should search the forum.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:27 PM   #5
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No regrets. Love it. And I went with HERMS, but that's just me. After my research it seemed the safest bet. And I can step mash with it as well.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:24 PM   #6
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I went from stovetop extract to electric all grain. The only thing I would recommend is run 6/3 wiring so you can run both elements at the same time, especially if you go HERMS. I already had 10/3 for my compressor so I plug into that right now but will be upgrading soon.

Good luck.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:37 PM   #7
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I absolutely love my new electric setup (only done 3 batches on it) and I have no regrets. The only complication I have had is that I find cleaning more difficult because of the extra cords.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:54 PM   #8
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ebrewing is amazing, not a regret at all, best investment for my brewing enjoyment year round! The only drawback is you'd need to wire up and drill more than one kettle if you wanted to move from say a single kettle to three or something, where with propane you could technically just move your burner around.

 
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:50 AM   #9
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Single vessel eBIAB, two 1500 elements running off 120 with a pair of simple switches. Easy to build, clean and store and low cost. I'm very happ with it and would recommend that others try it too.

 
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:19 AM   #10
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I love my Kal clone and gave no regrets. Making great beer and having a blast doing it!

 
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