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Old 04-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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I have been reading threads on electric brewing and I want to set up an electric kettle I will be setting uo in the laundry room so I can unplug the dryer and use that outlet.
I did want a very basic box that i can set up the temp and use the kettle for mash, sparge and boiling.
I dont want to spend lots of money on it.
Any thoughts on what I will need? I already have a 7 gallon kettle with a ball valve.
I brew 5 gallon batches.


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Old 04-07-2013, 10:03 PM   #2
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Assuming all you want to do is boil, at least one homebrew vendor has designed a 240V brew controller and a 240V element that's designed to hang over the side of your pot.

Look at this thread.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/450...illing-402425/


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Old 04-07-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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I have no problem drilling the pot, I want something that will be installed on the pot.
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there are some options out there for you, but costs can quickly add up. some people have been using gear from high gravity brew like this http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...l-158p3986.htm
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:46 AM   #5
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The system you refer to seems to be for controlling mash since you don't need a PID for boiling water. Also, it's $495.

They have a boil controller here for $295.00 that should work fine for boiling your wurt:
http://www.highgravitybrew.com/produ...l-306p3073.htm

Kegkits has their version for $164.95 but theirs does not include a power switch for a pump. For $130 difference I think I can plug my pump into a AC outlet.
http://www.kegkits.com/Merchant2/mer...ory_Code=EBREW
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Try to find a GFCI power cord for your panel. Most dryer outlets have a regular breaker w/out GFCI.
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DIY is the only cheap option. If you trust your own wiring you could do worse than this kit. The vendor has a good rep.

http://www.stilldragon.com/diy-controller.html
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Im not sure I even want a control box, im thinking of just a cable to plug into an element in the brew pot.
or maybe 2 elements, one to get it to mash temp and run both to boil.
If I ran 2 cables from separate circuits in the house and put together a box with 2 single GFCI outlets that I could put switches on, maybe that will work?
But what elements are best to boil 7 gallons?
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Im not sure I even want a control box, im thinking of just a cable to plug into an element in the brew pot.
or maybe 2 elements, one to get it to mash temp and run both to boil.
If I ran 2 cables from separate circuits in the house and put together a box with 2 single GFCI outlets that I could put switches on, maybe that will work?
But what elements are best to boil 7 gallons?
I boil 6 gallons with a 1650 watt element + my stove top. I run both full on until I reach boil then I turn the stove eye down to 2 or 3 to maintain a good rolling boil. I tried turning the stove eye off to see what happens and my batch drops down to a slow boil, probably still more than fast enough but I like a full rolling boil.

So, in your case you might want to install two 2000 watt elements to be safe. But if I were going to go all 120V electric & not convert to 240V electric I would go with two 1650 watt elements, one plugged straight into the wall and the other through some sort of controller. This would give me maximum control over my boil.
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Originally Posted by Britinusa View Post
Im not sure I even want a control box, im thinking of just a cable to plug into an element in the brew pot.
or maybe 2 elements, one to get it to mash temp and run both to boil.
If I ran 2 cables from separate circuits in the house and put together a box with 2 single GFCI outlets that I could put switches on, maybe that will work?
But what elements are best to boil 7 gallons?
If you have the option to brew in your kitchen, there is very likely more than one GFCI protected circuit there already.


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