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Old 03-18-2013, 02:34 AM   #1
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Long time propane brewer here who has decided to make the switch to electric. My main reason for the switch is to ease my brew days and to get rid of the hassles of keeping tanks filled. i have a 2 yr old at home and another on the way so anything to allow me to be efficient and keep brewing is definitely needed.

So I'll be using this thread to document my electric brewery build.

These goodies came in last week!
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More to follow!
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
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Congrats! You will love it! (brewed a kolsch on mine today)

You might want to take a min and check out two of my threads. One has a title like "Anyone in RI tried building Kals electric brewery" and the other is "mistakes I made while building kals electric brewery." It will be a journey and I'm sure you will succeed but I hope my pain can save you a few lost hours here and there. Feel free to pm if you have questions along the way.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:50 AM   #3
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You might want to move this to the Electric Forum.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:11 PM   #4
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Good luck! If you need a hand with anything let me know. I'm in the Raleigh/Durham area and built an eHerms as well.

 
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info NewBrewB, I'll definitely look it over to make sure I dont make the same mistakes.

Durhamite, I might be PMing you with some questions should they arise. My first test is going to be getting the 240V to my garage. If you have any recommendations feel free to shoot them my way. I have looked at both wiring straight from the breaker box (adding a 30A GFI breaker) or the spa panel option. Still not sure which way I want to do it.
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Secondary: Vanilla Bourbon Porter
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Keg 2: Kolsch
Keg 3: Angry Wolf IIPA

 
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:16 PM   #6
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I dont plan on being in my house for more than another 2-3 years, so I didnt really care to pay to wire in an outlet in my garage. My laundry room is beside my garage door...so I made an extension cord that goes from my dryer outlet to the spa panel in my garage. I just bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details and cut the ends off of it and put a 4 prong 30amp dryer plug on one end.

It's 10/3.

On brewday, I take the baseplate(?) off the garage doorway so that I can close the garage door over the extension cord.

 
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:50 AM   #7
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Update: 3 of these bad boys came in this weekend! I hope to start assembling fittings/elements/etc. tomorrow. Time is hard to come by right now. For reference I included a Teflon tape spool in the photo for size comparison. These monsters are huge! 80 qt stainless from Concord.

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Carboy 1: Empty
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Secondary: Vanilla Bourbon Porter
Bottle: Hibernation Ale Clone
Bottle: Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA
Keg 1: Southern Tier Pumking Clone
Keg 2: Kolsch
Keg 3: Angry Wolf IIPA

 
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:16 PM   #8
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I dont plan on being in my house for more than another 2-3 years, so I didnt really care to pay to wire in an outlet in my garage. My laundry room is beside my garage door...so I made an extension cord that goes from my dryer outlet to the spa panel in my garage. I just bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details and cut the ends off of it and put a 4 prong 30amp dryer plug on one end.

It's 10/3.

On brewday, I take the baseplate(?) off the garage doorway so that I can close the garage door over the extension cord.


For the record, I just reread my post and it looked like I said I still use the original plug on one end. That's definitely not the case (and not recommended OR sufficient for the amperage).

The other end goes to a spa panel.

 
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:23 AM   #9
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Over the weekend I was able to drill out the two 2 gang electrical boxes and start assembling the electrical cords for the elements. I also started wrapping all fittings with Teflon tape and putting them together as groups.

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Tonight, I was finally able to get some more work done. I had a few hiccups earlier, ordered lock nuts on eBay (from china) and they wouldn't screw onto the nipple further than three turns. Had to order new ones from adventures in homebrewing. Then noticed the nipples I ordered from bargain fittings wouldn't work correctly either, bummer, back to the interwebz to order some different ones from AiH.

Finally, I received everything very quickly and was able to put them to good use tonight. I managed to get the hot lauter tun 90% completed.

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I haven't installed the HERMS coil yet cause I still need to tighten the element box down and also install my dip tube. Hope to get some SS tubing ordered this week for dip tubes.

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Up next, hopefully the mash tun. That one should be pretty easy. So far I am very pleased with the work I've completed. Just wish I had more time to work on it, but my family comes first.
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Keg 2: Kolsch
Keg 3: Angry Wolf IIPA

 
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:16 AM   #10
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All in good time. This isnt a 'weekend DIY' project.

Be sure to leak test the HLT with only the element installed before installing the HERMS coil. Once you tighten the compression fittings ($30) you dont want to have to pull the coil to mess with the element again.

Press-on and good luck!
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