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Old 02-14-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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I had some people over watching my brew day and I wasn't paying attention to my HLT level. I heard a POP! from the breaker and immediately knew I ran it dry. I need to somehow have an auto shut off when the water gets low so this doesn't happen again, the elements are only about $12 but it's a pain to replace.





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Old 02-14-2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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Bummer.

For the pain and suffering of replacing the element and hampering a brewday, have you thought about going with the Camco ULD?

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-02963-He...rds=camco+5500

$23 at Amazon right now. No more popping...

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Thanks!! it I ever do it again I'll replace it with one of those.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:28 PM   #4
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I hate to burst your bubble but I dry fired two of the camco ripple elements for several minutes and had the same result as Monster Mash with one of the elements. They are resistant to dry firing but not very...

 
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:54 PM   #5
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Don't know how your element is wired in but if you use a ssr you could put one of these in.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:04 AM   #6
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Don't know how your element is wired in but if you use a ssr you could put one of these in.
Yes. I just did this. BTW, Auber Instruments sell these now too for about $11, or you can get one from China on ebay for about $8. I found that the wires are pretty fragil on these where they come out of the tube. When I get the gumption I'll post up how I set mine up. I used a switch to take it out of the loop when using the boil kettle.

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:09 AM   #7
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Yes. I just did this. BTW, Auber Instruments sell these now too for about $11, or you can get one from China on ebay for about $8. I found that the wires are pretty fragil on these where they come out of the tube. When I get the gumption I'll post up how I set mine up. I used a switch to take it out of the loop when using the boil kettle.
The Aubers site says their switch is only rated to 130 degrees. I'm curious how accurate that really is.

 
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The Aubers site says their switch is only rated to 130 degrees. I'm curious how accurate that really is.
Yeah, I noticed that too. I'm 99% sure that's Celsius as that would match with the specs I've seen for what appears to be the same switch elsewhere. I just sent them an email about it.

 
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Auber updated their description for the float switch here. It's rated for -10C-130C or 14F-266F.

 
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I hate to burst your bubble but I dry fired two of the camco ripple elements for several minutes and had the same result as Monster Mash with one of the elements. They are resistant to dry firing but not very...

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