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Old 06-18-2013, 01:44 PM   #11
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Made a little headway last night. Got the controller finished, hooked up to the element, started to piece together the stand... Today I need to install my 60a gfci and finish running cable to the shed so I can do the water test. Will post up pics soon

 
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:03 AM   #12
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I tried out my EBIAB controller like the one you proposed building on Fathers Day. The SSR/pot along with a camco 5500 watt element in my keggle worked great. Heats water real fast and is definitely faster than propane.

 
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:54 PM   #13
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Nice! Now I know it should work for me if I ever get my 240 run.

 
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:15 PM   #14
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I made hot water last night!

 
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:05 PM   #16
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So my stand is made from some left over deck boards and scrap wood I had laying around, don't judge me! The pump recircs from the bottom, through the ccfc, and onto the top of the grain bed. I will also recirc during the boil every 10-15ish minutes so the liquid in those lines gets good and mixed in. Hopefully like this I won't have to swap hoses out at all during the entire process.

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Old 06-22-2013, 03:01 PM   #17
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1 hour to ambient to boiling, 15 gallons in a non-insulated keggle. That's not to bad, right?

 
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:11 AM   #18
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Made my first electric brew yesterday! Had a few small hiccups, but the controller worked great.

 
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:12 AM   #19
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Nicely done. Your OP was a big influence in my decision to go the SSVR route - the more I thought about how I want my system to work, the more I realized I didn't really need a PID. My hope is to insulate my keggle well enough that it holds mash temperature without needing to fire the element between dough-in and bag-out. If it doesn't, having a knob to control element output should come in handy.

After trolling round eBay for an hour yesterday looking for a suitable enclosure for my controller, I went to Lowe's and picked up a 6x6x4 Cantex box just like yours. Looks like it will work well.

 
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:29 AM   #20
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Glad I could help. I really like it so far, the simple yet functional, no frills approach is what I was going for. I am pleased.

 
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