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Old 06-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #11
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Liking it. I'm gonna join the subscribing train.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #12
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I am planning on building an all electric brewery but I am going with a BCS-460 as the heart. Still, I want to see how your's turns out. Looks great so far.

 
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:44 PM   #13
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:04 AM   #14
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Progress report -

Finished out PID, volt meter, amp meter, heat sink and receptacle plugs.

Quick tip - to cut out the tab for volt and amp meter - fit in and draw the outline. Get up under the tab - gives just enough to clip in. (See pic)

Dry fit all parts to ensure clearances.

Sanded, wiped down with acetone, primed and painted. Went with black hammer finish.
Should look clean and mean.

Time - 5hrs
Total - 14.5hrs

Time for a beer!
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:08 AM   #15
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Well - not a lot of progress today. SWMBO proclaimed that today was the day that the living room and kitchen shall be painted.

Worked out ok though, paint took until this evening to cure.

With the help of Action Jackson - 4 yr old QA manager extraordinaire - we got all the front panel components installed. Everything went well except my package came up one PID collar short. No fault of theelectricbrewery.com, the PIDs are all prepackaged. I have it secured in there good enough for now, I'll look and see if I can find a collar on the interwebs.

Hopefully tomorrow I can finish the painting early
Want to get the bottom components installed and MAYBE start getting some wire run.

I'm really happy with the black hammer finish, looks great!

Time today - 1hr
Total - 15.5hrs
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:28 AM   #16
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What a sweet project - makes me feel rational when I look at how well-laid out everything is .. measure twice, cut once !
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:27 PM   #17
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Great timing on this thread. I just cut the tops off my kegs for an electric herms setup but I'm still in the planning stages. Nice job on the control panel. I'll be following.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:14 PM   #18
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Looks good so far ! Nice progress. I just built my brew room/eHerms starting Oct. of 2012 and was officially completed in Feb. 2013. You're going to love the accuracy, efficiency, and ease of system when you are done.

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Old 06-24-2013, 02:28 PM   #19
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well- painting did NOT finish early, but the good news is that it is finished. And I have hidden the paint brushes and paint chips. We took some family time Sunday evening, so i just spent about an hour installing the receptacles on the bottom. pretty non eventful - don't know how i missed it, but i definitely should have drilled the holes for mounting bolts before painting.

Planning to get the handles and maybe the heatsink/SSRs on tonight.
I havent used a tap and die set in probably 20 yrs - for some reason they're just really cool to me.

time - 1.5hr
total time - 17hrs

 
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #20
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Looks fantastic. I live in an urban environment, fortunately I have a back patio I can brew on. But I really don't have the space/storage room for more than a propane burner. I never saw myself moving out of a city, until I started brewing. Now I think... I need a shed, a truck, a garden to grow hops, a compost pile for my grain and I can water my plants with IC run off. I need a house with a big basement so I can have a fermentation closet. I've basically decide to adopt a whole new lifestyle that will enable me to brew beer. And I can thank my first brewer's best extract kit, my dad, and of course my yeast buddies.

Anyway -- your new set up looks awesome, Im jelous.
Pretty sure the need to brew is basically to blame for the dawn of civilization and society - people working together to grow the grains and collect water - what better to bring people together than beer?

anonymousbrew, - Have you checked out the Electric sub here? You'll find a lot of tips and advice and people doing similar projects over there. A good place to go if you run into headaches or problems. Kal chimes in from time to time - hit him up with a PM, he'd probably get you a new PID collar in no time.

Looks good - on to the fun part - wiring!

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