The Conversion to Electric.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:07 am

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:03 am

So the time brewery is brew ready. Firing up the system for a test boil, clean, and leak test. Still some cosmetics things to do... like mount the controller lol. But I'm brew ready. Shelving and what not will be one if the next things.Image

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:20 pm

So went from cold tap water to a boil in about 40 mins. Managed to test my mash tun full and brought that to a boil too. I can't wait to brew. Think the wife will be angry if I skip Easter lol.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by mckay75 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:10 pm

Keith...what volume are those kettles you are using?

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:21 pm

mckay75 wrote:Keith...what volume are those kettles you are using?
58 gal mashtun. 40 gal kettle. Full volume no sparge

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:22 pm

mckay75 wrote:Keith...what volume are those kettles you are using?
Latest pic now that I've got a nice shiny stand.Image

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by RubberToe » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:13 pm

Beautiful. What's the wattage of those heat sticks?
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:56 pm

RubberToe wrote:Beautiful. What's the wattage of those heat sticks?
4500s if memory serves me right.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by LiverDance » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:30 am

Where did you get the cord to run them? i'm guessing it's rated for 100c?
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by jacinthebox » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:34 am

looks great
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Post by mckay75 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:45 am

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by GAM » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:27 am

Teflon is your friend to turn your valves up right.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:56 am

LiverDance wrote:
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Where did you get the cord to run them? i'm guessing it's rated for 100c?
Cord came with the Hotrod Heatsticks. I ordered it assembled with 12' lengths.
https://www.brewhardware.com/product_p/hotrodxl.htm
Need to add on the wire, element and labor charge.
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:06 pm

GAM wrote:
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Teflon is your friend to turn your valves up right.

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Yea I've got to tear these all down and rebuild soon. However when the valve lever isn't upright I don't have to worry about the bloody safety clip sliding in place. Those things get hot fast!
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:29 pm

Controller has been mounted finally. Had to build something custom. Let's just say it's secure haha.Image

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Andre » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:04 pm

So what's the advantages of getting a hotrod instead of tapping into the kettle and mounting the element directly?

We're starting to plan going to a electric setup and they seem tempting, just wondering the advantages are worth the additional cost.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Jimmy » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:12 pm

Keith wrote:Controller has been mounted finally. Had to build something custom. Let's just say it's secure haha.Image

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Moving them from vessel to vessel during the brew day is the biggest benefit... You can use the same elements in your mash and boil kettle.

Would also be easier to clean (compared to elements installed without triclover).

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:14 pm

Jimmy wrote:
Keith wrote:Controller has been mounted finally. Had to build something custom. Let's just say it's secure haha.Image

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Moving them from vessel to vessel during the brew day is the biggest benefit... You can use the same elements in your mash and boil kettle.

Would also be easier to clean (compared to elements installed without triclover).

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Jimmy is pretty bang on. Imo it's worth the added cost. I can bounce these around vessel to vessel without any hastle.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Andre » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:59 am

Cool, thanks for the input guys.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by jason.loxton » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:16 pm

How are you finding the Hosehead? Considering pulling the trigger on one. Would prefer the non-digital interface, but value for money these things seem hard to beat... Can you give a review?

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by jeffsmith » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:09 am

Just ordered a Hosehead for my basement brewery build as well after hearing Keith's thoughts on it. Looking forward to giving it a go.

For elements, I went with a tri-clover bulkhead setup from Brewhardware with elements that have twist-lock plugs built into them: https://www.brewhardware.com/product_p/ ... ple_tc.htm

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:55 pm

Jason,
Hose heads are the cats meow. These are very versatile, easy to work with and can swap between vessels on the fly.
As for the controller.
Assign a static IP Address for ease of connectivity.
Also have a spa panel for your hard shutoff incase you need it.

I wish I had hard dials sometimes, but the flexibility of being anywhere in your house and monitor your brewday is the cats meow.

Those are slick but my pot didn't have any tri clover ports to tap into. Also the hose head controllers let me move vessel to vessel even when full. :)
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:35 pm

Err horrors not hose heads lol.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:36 pm

Hotrods. I can't win with this phone today.

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