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Old 12-16-2008, 04:34 AM   #21
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I get paid for 4 weeks of work though... it is guarantee pay. The past 6 months I have flown 180 hours total... but been paid for about 500.


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Old 12-16-2008, 04:35 AM   #22
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Well I suppose there is that. I get the same per hour whether I'm lounging in the lap of luxury back in coach (hehe) or eating a steak at Mortons.


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Old 12-16-2008, 04:36 AM   #23
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ORD is bad... but JFK and LGA are worse. I have spent 4-5 hours on the taxiway in JFK, waiting to make a 60 minute flight to DC. I sketch up ideas at those times too!
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Now you just need to perfect a miniature AG cockpit brewing system with one of those small coffee urns. You could knock out a batch while waiting for takeoff.
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True true... how to get THAT through security.... hmmm
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:50 PM   #26
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I have to chime in on this discussion of controling your element. When I initially got into homebrewing I bought a made in England Brewing Bucket that ran off of a 220v. Controling the element was a device called a simmerstat. It worked by cycling your element on and off the higher the setting the longer it stayed on. The element was a 2500 watt element and I was able to bring a 6 gallon bucket of water to boil in 45 minutes.

I have used this bucket for the last several years but early this year I started to think about a replacement / backup. I did some research and found out that a like product (Simmerstat) was sold in United States under the name
Simmerstat® Regulator or Cycling Timer. I was able to track down a supplier in Rock Island, Il who sold me one for $50.00. I then took the simmerstat and hooked the wires to a 3000 Low Watt Density 220v element and mounted it to a 32 qt aluminum pot. Made a mounting box to house the simmerstat and so far have made 20 batches with my new invention. I must say it works great. Can boil 6 gallons of water in 30 minutes and I have yet to have a bad batch.

So to sum things up if you are interested in a down and dirty kettle to boil your wort I'd look into something like this. I am in the process of upgrading to a 42 qt kettle and can't wait to try it out.

For what its worth the simmerstat ratings are 15 amps-200/250VAC or 15 amps-100/125VAC. So it could be used with a 110. If you are interested in the wiring diagram I have posted it on my profile.

All told I have less than $100.00 dolars in my kettle. Of course I did upgrade and put a weldless thermometer in it and put indicator lights on it so I know when I am hot and power is going to the element.

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If you have questions feel free to ask.

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TDiowa, that is great information, and thanks for posting the wiring diagram.

Do you happen to have any pics of your actual setup?
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TDiowa, that is great information, and thanks for posting the wiring diagram.

Do you happen to have any pics of your actual setup?
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:46 AM   #29
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looks like a good way to go, although i am having a bit of trouble finding a retailer. most of the one's i've found online are overseas. iv'e just obtained 2 4500 watt low density elements and i've got a free 60 amp disconnect in my garage. havne't tested the dimmer yet but with all the info i've gatherd... y bother with that weak sauce
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I am just about done with my 42 qt kettle. I will get take some pictures and get them up on Friday. If you are interested I also post the address of the vendor who I bought the simmerstat through.

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