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#21 Evil_Morty

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:28 PM

I like the idea of not having to worry about propane, CO, fires.  although I guess instead I'd have to worry about electrocuting myself :P


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:31 PM

I think if I was starting out I would think long and hard about just doing a single vessel electric BIAB system.  IMO it would be simplicity at its best. 

 

I think I am leaning this way after doing some research on the subject.  


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:34 PM

I like the idea of not having to worry about propane, CO, fires.  although I guess instead I'd have to worry about electrocuting myself :P

Take some precautions and you will be all set!


I think I am leaning this way after doing some research on the subject.  

I think it is a good way to go for you.


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:41 PM

Take some precautions and you will be all set!

 

I think if I was starting all over I might go that way.  things you learn I guess.  I've always been a little paranoid about the mashing in a plastic cooler but maybe I'm crazy.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:33 AM

How do you indoor brewers handle the steam?  I think I would need a serious vent hood and blower to keep from turning the house in to a sauna.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:41 AM

How do you indoor brewers handle the steam? I think I would need a serious vent hood and blower to keep from turning the house in to a sauna.


Here in Colorado I'll take as much steam as I can get! :D
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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:43 AM

How do you indoor brewers handle the steam?  I think I would need a serious vent hood and blower to keep from turning the house in to a sauna.

 

I use a 600 CFM Vortex fan over my brew kettle to vent everything outside.  You can see in the picture how I have the fan inlet right by the kettle.  I have zero issues with this

 

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In the background you can see the green fan and right above it is a cellar window it is vented out to.

 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:38 PM

Thanks Drez, after looking at the ones on electricbrewing I was getting a little worried at how elaborate it would need to be.  I've always used 2 separate 110v circuits for the HLT and propane for the boil, but we may be moving to a house with a large unfinished basement that I can carve out a brewing room in.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:41 PM

Thanks Drez, after looking at the ones on electricbrewing I was getting a little worried at how elaborate it would need to be.  I've always used 2 separate 110v circuits for the HLT and propane for the boil, but we may be moving to a house with a large unfinished basement that I can carve out a brewing room in.

 

I only have it over my brew kettle because I feel that is all that is needed.  I do not boil in my HLT or MLT so I see no reason to have a huge hood over them.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:13 PM

I only have it over my brew kettle because I feel that is all that is needed.  I do not boil in my HLT or MLT so I see no reason to have a huge hood over them.

 

I'm not seeing your pics this instant but I assume you have lids on HLT and MLT as well.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:49 PM

I'm not seeing your pics this instant but I assume you have lids on HLT and MLT as well.


Yes
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Posted 09 January 2017 - 08:52 PM

Anybody here have any experience with the cheap rectifier/regulator/dimmers?

 

https://www.amazon.c...A298K45OP416LP 

 

$22 for manual control of a 240V element.  Seems like a good solution, but you better keep the propane backup just in case.


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 05:47 AM

Anybody here have any experience with the cheap rectifier/regulator/dimmers?

 

https://www.amazon.c...A298K45OP416LP 

 

$22 for manual control of a 240V element.  Seems like a good solution, but you better keep the propane backup just in case.

Should work fine.  My boil kettle is a manual control.  I built a PWM (pulse width modulation) circuit and have that feeding the SSR.  I back it down to about 70% once I start to boil with a 5500w element.

 

It is a simple circuit that is powered by a 5vDC supply

 

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 01:34 PM

I am pretty sure Mtn's if from the electric brewery.  He bought the turnkey package if I remember right.  There are a few of us on here with all electric systems.

 

The controller is turnkey but I built the rest of it. I used Kai's plans pretty much verbatim with a couple of minor tweaks.



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 01:35 PM

The controller is turnkey but I built the rest of it. I used Kai's plans pretty much verbatim with a couple of minor tweaks.

That is what I mean.  I thought it was the control box you bought from Kai.

 

Good to see you around.


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 01:37 PM

How do you indoor brewers handle the steam?  I think I would need a serious vent hood and blower to keep from turning the house in to a sauna.

 

Stain's right. Steam is welcome in this climate. I bought a fan to mount in the basement window right above the brewing bench but never installed it. During warm weather I'll open a window to let the steam escape. In the winter I pipe it directly into the room where my guitars are.


That is what I mean.  I thought it was the control box you bought from Kai.

 

Good to see you around.

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I considered all kinds of options including a Raspberry Pi solution and using the EB control box but building it myself. I could have saved some money that way but building the tuns was enough work for me and I just wanted to brew some beer.



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 07:12 PM

I have been thinking about building some brew control panels like the ones on theelectricbrewery.com for some time to sell. I have a bunch of parts and some extra enclosures so I am going to give it a go. If anyone is interested in one PM me and let me know.
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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:43 PM

Lots of cool stuff is happening with CraftBeerPi like a PCB and software updates.


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