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Old 12-02-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Help Calm My Fears of Electric Brewing

Okay, so I'm really thinking about ditching my Sabco system and going to electric brewing. My thought is to buy a prebuilt 30a system from theelectricbrewery.com. One of my fears is that I'll be brewing and I hit the elements with my spoon and it breaks or something and I'll be electrocuted. I know the system will have a GFCI, but are the "guaranteed" to work 100% of the time? Yes, I worry about everything
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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There is probably more that can go wrong with propane burners when you think about it. C0 gas, burns, fire, etc.

Great, huh? Now I gave you something else to worry about!

Seriously, electric brewing is safe. As safe as firing up propane burners and dealing with boiling liquids, anyway.

You aren't going to break your element, any more than you're going to have your propane tank explode. I mean, both things are in the realm of possibility, but so unlikely with using a bit of sense as to make it something to not consider.

Other considerations are things like boiling liquids and flames and alcohol- not a good mix. That's why I never drink and brew. I have one beer, during chilling, and that's it. But that's not because I brew all-electric, it's just because I don't think brewing when drinking is a good idea!
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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I'm with Yooper on this one. Electric brewing is very safe. As long as it's put together with safety in mind. I can assume that buying a prebuilt system is going to mean it's set up with all the proper connections and requirements in place. I mean, I'm sure there are people who put together their own rigs who do things that are other than recommended.

It's cheap, quiet, handy, and awesome. It has it's own set of considerations, but I like it better, in general, than gas. And my system is still being built!
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I made the move to electric this Fall and my only regret is not having done it sooner.
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im in the process of building mine and also worried initially until really researching it and understanding exactly what is happening in the system. Spend the extra money to have a professional wire up the outlet and gfci protection for you if your uncomfortable with working in the main panel. I was back and forth on using a spa panel and ultimately decided to go with the GFCI breaker. It was only slightly more expensive (+$30) and since I had to add a new run for the outlet I went for it over the spa panel. I will test the GFCI before every brew for peace of mind, and kill the breaker when it is not in use.
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Thanks every one! You've made up my mind, now time to take the info to the wife
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I have an all electric system and would never use anything else. Do you plan to get rid of the sabco altogether? If it were me I'd turn it into an electric RIMs system. That would be very easy to do.
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I have a RIMS wizard and I'd like to try and use that, without the propane, but I don't think it will hold temp. Then use the electric brewery panel for my boil and HLT. I don't think I want a HERMS if possible.
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Heck, you're almost all electric anyway! I don't think the RIMs wizard will do all you need. You don't need Kal's whole setup though, just some control for HLT and BK. A few places make ready built controllers or you can easily put one together with some DIY skills.
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while were on the topic of safety. What would you all recommend for periodic testing of the system? I was thinking ground resistance (correct term?) would be a good test. Maybe one lead of the multimeter to the ground receptacle on the power cable and the other used to test for ground on other metal items in the brewery. Kettles, element enclosures, pumps, etc. Obviously all continuity tests are done with the system unplugged.

what other tests make sense?
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