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Old 10-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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I've read all of the sites and have yet to read about anyone who went electric and has regrets about it. I'm ready to pull the trigger, just want to read something bad about it. I know that might sound dumb, but would really like to know the downfalls of electric brewing.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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I get ya!! Always like the positive reviews on things but learn a lot from the negative too. Wouldn't mind hearing a few myself... food for thought type stuff

 
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:55 PM   #3
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I got one - my Sestos PID has an error that any control period under 8 seconds (IIRC) is set to 10 seconds minimum, and either 0, 1 or 2 is set at 72 seconds (again IIRC). Not really a huge issue but something that would be nicer if it wasn't there.
Also since I DIY'd my panel/setup myself everytime I go to brew I pull out the multimeter to check the grounds on everything - not like they should spontainiously disconnect but it is nice to have the reassurance when dealing with something that could take my life.
Both things that if I knew now wouldn't turn me away from electric but just food for thought as you say

 
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:57 PM   #4
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If you run your e-brewery off 240, it's not portable at all. Even with 120, you can't brew in the woods.

That's about it I think.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
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Only downside I can think of is that you can't brew when/if the power goes out. Of course you could always get a generator... Then you'd be able to brew in the woods as well.

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Old 10-14-2013, 12:05 AM   #6
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If you run your e-brewery off 240, it's not portable at all. Even with 120, you can't brew in the woods.

That's about it I think.
That's the only issue I can think of. I can't haul my rig out to my cottage for a brewday. And I can't brew if the power goes out.

I never brew at my cottage, and our power almost never goes out, though!
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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Only downside I can think of is that you can't brew when/if the power goes out. Of course you could always get a generator... Then you'd be able to brew in the woods as well.
Damn it, now I got to put anothing on the wish list of "brewing" stuff... wait if I move that to the "what if we get hit by a tornado/tsunami/hurrican/Godzilla" stuff I think I might be able to sneak it into the budget... maybe

 
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:27 AM   #8
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This is not necessarily specific to e-brewing since things can go wrong in any LP/NG setup, but electronics can be prone to failure, especially if you buy cheap stuff.

When building my setup, 2/4 of my cheapie SSRs were bad and had to be returned. Also, I had some issues with my BCS that required me to send it back to Derrin at brewers hardware. He did take good care of me though.

 
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:31 AM   #9
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Ok, so the two downfalls so far are:

1) Can't brew when the power goes out. (I'll be drinking if the power goes out)
2) Not portable, if built on 240. Not exactly a huge concern for me, but we do plan to try and buy a house in the next year and a half or so....so that is a thought I guess. Still not enough of a issue to not make me want to do this.

One consideration is grounding, which is something I am sorta on the fence about anyway. I guess what's worse, a minor gas leak (I brew NG) or a ground that comes loose?

More pitfalls are welcome, please
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:20 AM   #10
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Good question.
So, regarding the power going out, I had to buy a generator, I just couldn't stand the idea of a spoiled batch.
Also, since it's so much easier and satisfying to brew, you'll probably have way more beer than you can drink.
So, there really are no simple answers...life's a bitch.

 
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