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Old 04-12-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
Jul 2011
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I see a number of brewers mention "going electric". This seems to imply that they were once using propane and switched to electric.

Is it cheaper to use electric? Other advantages?

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Old 04-12-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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You are going to have much better luck in the Electric Brewing subforum- Electric Brewing

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Old 04-12-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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Electric has many advantages in that it's cheap, never have to fill a propane tank, no fumes so you can do it in your basement, easy to automate, the list goes on...

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Old 04-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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Easier (for me) to build controls
No Exhaust to worry about
More convenient (no tanks of propane to run out of!)
More efficient (less heat wasted to the atmosphere. All of the energy that goes into the element goes into the brewing liquor.)

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
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For me, it was being able to brew indoors! I can't do that with propane, but with my electric set up, I do 10 gallon batches inside my laundry room.

It's also cheaper, more convenient (never run out of electricity, unlike propane), quieter, and for me, safer. I also have a PID set up, so I can turn on my system and have hot water at the perfect temperature when I want it.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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Much cheaper than propane
Can brew indoors (very nice if you live in a cold climate)
Very easy to control temps

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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The issues for me were, in order of importance:

Controllability/ease of automation

But whether electric brewing is more or less safe, convenient, or controllable depends very much on your preferences, equipment, and circumstances.

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Old 04-12-2013, 06:12 PM   #8
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For me it was all about being able to brew indoors. February Michigan winters were no kinda fun for me to brew in.

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Old 04-12-2013, 06:24 PM   #9
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Started inside with Mr Beer.
Went AG and moved outside with propane.
Jacked the wifes gas kitchen stove so that it'd do 10 gallon boils.
Moved back indoors.
Can't beat having heat, airconditioning, a sink and lots of counter space.
Went electric because I like being married.

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:00 PM   #10
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Went with electric for the convenience. Nothing like going to the basement in the dead of winter wearing pajamas and slippers sipping a coffee and brewing beer!

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