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Old 01-25-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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I've finally built my brewstand, have my keggles in place, and now desire to build a good HERMS Build -- with a budget of $700.

Right away I know it gets knocked down to $550 after 1 March Pump.

Possible to do?
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:59 PM   #2
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Do you already have burners on your frame?
Basically all you need is a pump, coil, hoses, quick disconnects and a temperature controller. So, yes I think you can do it. If you want to make your HLT all electric, then it may be tough to come in under $700, depending on your skills at appropriation.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:02 PM   #3
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Burners?? You can do a decent electric HERMS for 700 bucks I think... I think that is possible. Gas? With solenoid valves and pilots and such, may be a smidge harder...

 
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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Those odd's and end's add up quick. It's amazing how one simple trip to Lowe's can break the bank.

You can save a ton of bank by doing brass instead of stainless. eBay is great source for industrial parts and fittings. I saved a couple hundred on my build just in stainless fittings thanks to eBay.

What all are you needing? Are you wanting to build a frame? Gas or electric?
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:57 PM   #5
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If it is a HERMS with the coil in the HLT... Id go electric... PID, SSR, heatsink... $80 there, $30 to set up the element in the HLT kettle, so for $110 you have your basic heating and control for the HERMS portion. Another PID, SSR, heatsink combo for the BK... $110 for the basics. So now you are looking at $220. Do you already have a coil? $70 for the coil, add in $200 for a nice control panel... you are now up to $490.

I could go on, but you see the general idea...

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:15 AM   #6
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I'm gonna have to get a coil-- i have burners and the stand

So I guess I'm going to have to get the coil, switches, tubing, temp probes, disconnects, and control panel.

I'll probably get the coil, pumps, tubing and disconnects off MoreBeer.com -- where do i buy the temp probes, switches, scolenoid valves, and control panel?
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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Id start looking at EBAY, AUTOMATION DIRECT and AUBER INSTRUMENTS...

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:56 PM   #8
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google bcs-460.. i have one and am learning to love it. Essentially four temp controllers with a web interface, plus a lot more.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:43 PM   #9
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Now you have got me rethinking my approach. I am in the middle of a build and was planning to go with Propane. I think it is easy to setup but more difficult on brew day vs Electric which may be harder to setup but will make brewday much easier?????
hhmmmm what to do??
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:59 PM   #10
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Electric isnt very hard to set up...

Each element needs a PID and SSR... that is about it. Wires are easier to run than pipes IMHO... and installing an element is easier than plumbing and installing a burner... etc.

You will need 240VAC, or 220VAC, whatever you have at your home. And, so that you are not limited, you should have about 50A available for the panel.

 
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