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Old 04-06-2013, 07:09 PM   #21
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:58 PM   #22
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Would that controller work for controlling a boil?


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Old 04-14-2013, 03:16 PM   #23
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Would that controller work for controlling a boil?
I only use it to control the mash. To boil, I unplug the PID, plug both elements directly into the wall and let them go at it full blast. Gives me a rolling boil with 8 gallons.
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I only use it to control the mash. To boil, I unplug the PID, plug both elements directly into the wall and let them go at it full blast. Gives me a rolling boil with 8 gallons.
Thanks for posting, this helps me out a lot. It is nice to find a simple, easy to follow PID setup as I am not very good with electrical stuff.

I am thinking of doing a similar setup, but plan on boiling ~13 gallons with 1500watt 120v elements. Do you think it would be a good idea to add a third element? How long does it take you to boil 8 gallons?
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:29 AM   #26
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I am looking to build this same setup but with two (or three) elements hooked up to the same PID. I would like to do this so that I can leave all three elements plugged in and walk away without having to worry about overshooting my mash temp or boilovers (I plan on setting the target temp on the PID to just under boiling and then turning it on to manual mode once I am ready to watch it closely for the final few degrees.

Is this possible to do? I don't have any electrical experience so any input would be appreciated. I drew up a diagram of what I thought might work using an extra switch and SSR but this could be completely incorrect.

If anyone could let me know if I can change anything to make this work (short of buying another PID and thermocouple) it would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #27
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I would just like to add after a few months: Don't scrimp out and buy the cheaper PID off of Amazon like me. Buy the Auber. The Amazon one is a POS.
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Forgive my ignorance, but what is the plug on the left side of the kettle?
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Looks like a second element not under PID control.

@sbrbrad which PID controller did you buy and what problems did you have?


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