Originally Posted by vindee
I'm looking for advantages and disadvantages of electric over propane.
I personally use propane and a SS turkey fryer for my boil. I don't have to pay for the gas so it's cheap brewing for me, but are there advantages to going electric?
I am an industrial electrician by trade and could put together an elaborate control system, but I'm not sure if it would just be feeding my hobby or...
An industrial electrician is wondering if he should move to electric brewing. That's a new one. I would have thought that you would have been all over that like white on rice. But then again, I work with computers and I don't ever want a computerized brew setup, so maybe I do see where you're coming from.
Electric setups can be pretty pricey, but you probably know all about that.
I'm personally loving my basement electric brewery over my old propane setup. I used to brew on the back deck of my house.
All of my stuff is right there in my basement, so I don't have to haul a bunch of stuff from my basement to the back deck and then back down to the basement. That right there makes the switch-over worthwhile to me.
Venting was a concern in the basement. Obviously, this was of no concern with my old setup. But I built a wooden hood and have a nice 8" exhaust fan and duct work, so for about $250 it's no longer a concern.
I no longer have to check the weather reports for possible rain/snow/high winds/extreme hot or cold. There have been a couple of instances where I had to cancel brew days because of weather.
Mosquito bites have gone way down. Don't have to worry about bugs flying into the wort. But it is nice to sit outside and brew on a nice sunny day and make your neighbors worry about your nefarious activities.