Adding Electric To Brew Pot

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Patrickivan
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Adding Electric To Brew Pot

Post by Patrickivan » 3 weeks ago

Hey- I have a problem. I recently moved, and there is no good place for me to brew my Beer!

My main issue is where to do my boils with my burner. The driveway is too far from the kitchen, has stairs, to get out, and is really looking like a pain for carrying out a tonne of liquid back and forth.

The back deck is raised, so going down to the yard is even worse. And I'm not doing it on my deck. Wood, plus propane burner, plus potential boilovers are a no go there.

I thought of induction, but my fairly brand new barely used pot is not even remotely conducive.

That leaves me with installing electric elements. Into my new pot.

I'm pretty handy, but the write ups are making me weary. The actual installation of the elements on sites like the Electric Brewery are fine, but the temperature controlling is really losing me. From what I can tell, it looks like I'd have to spend hundreds to control my temperatures?

Is there nothing simple to this? A rheostatic with a temperature gauge? I'm handy, but get lost with electrical...

I have access to a 220v outlet in my kitchen, and my basement. Extraction vents are no problem.

Damnit! I just want to brew again. It's been MONTHS! Like February :(

My pot is a giant 10 gallon from OBK. It's a nice pot that my wife got me last November.


Any thoughts, or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
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Re: Adding Electric To Brew Pot

Post by Reignman » 2 weeks ago

I had the same problem with my 6000 watt electric pot I bought back in 2003. No temperature control. I finally went with this from High Gravity Brewing in the US. http://www.highgravitybrew.com/store/pc ... 9p3084.htm
You can install a single 4500 watt electric element and you are good to go. Of course you will need a GFCI in your panel. I went with 240 V in my 15 gallon boil kettle and 110V in my mash tun and sparge tank. They just took longer to heat up. There are many options out there to chose from, you just have to do a lot of research.

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Re: Adding Electric To Brew Pot

Post by Patrickivan » 2 days ago

There is a lot out there. It's really a pain really.

I thought of in induction plate, but my pot isn't compatible. And I'm reading (though not much out there on it) that conversion plates work, but you have a heat transfer efficiency reduction that way.

I don't really want to buy a new pot either. I love my new pot.

The most economical may very well just be getting a sound build plan for installing elements, and then take the plunge and build it.
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Re: Adding Electric To Brew Pot

Post by Patrickivan » 5 hours ago

I think I'm going to settle on BellyBuster's write up for now. viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2756&hilit=electric+controller

It's simple, and will get me going quickly. Plenty of write ups for heating element box construction.

But I think this will be a longer term goal. I'm confident enough to follow the instructions, and the cost seams pretty reasonable. https://skrilnetz.net/how-to-build-a-br ... pw1et5ZkMU
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