The Conversion to Electric.

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The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:32 pm

So I've been brewing a few years outdoors and finally had enough. The Mrs gave me permission to convert a room in our home to a brewers indoor playground. :rockin: I'm still trying to figure out what she a) wants or b) did wrong. :lol: :lol: :lol:

So my last brew day was in around Dec 2nd and was the DIPA and Milk Stout for the HRB comp. Been out of beer for a bit now. But told myself I'm not brewing til I can brew indoors...

So lets get to it....
Pre Demo.... What the room was like.... No kids were evicted. The toy graveyard has been relocated.
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Demo was rewarding. Those shelves were a bastard!!!
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Then I pulled the trigger and went with a cost effective pre built solution along with a 450 CFM stainless vent. Sorry Dave ya didn't even stock what I needed :( Pics of Hot Rods, vent and Spa Panel wouldn't upload. You'll see it all soon enough.
Hosehead 5BC controller
50amp spa panel
Dual Hotrod Heat Sticks
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The next part was construction. These obviously aren't in any particular order.
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And this brings us to the current status.
Floor and door installed. Started trim.
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I'm hoping to get the rest of this done this week/weekend and be brew ready for the weekend of April 8th. :rockin:
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:40 pm

Should note I'm missing a few pictures. Had a phone die and some others said invalid format.
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Swine » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:19 pm

Looks great! If only I didn't need a furnace, I would have a room...
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by LeafMan66_67 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:28 pm

Looks good Keith.
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by mckay75 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:56 am

Good stuff! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Just reading a bit about your controller...sounds really cool! How's it working for you? I'd like to upgrade my stilldragon one in the future so I can dial my process in a little better...this could be the ticket!

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:38 am

mckay75 wrote:
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:56 am
Good stuff! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Just reading a bit about your controller...sounds really cool! How's it working for you? I'd like to upgrade my stilldragon one in the future so I can dial my process in a little better...this could be the ticket!
I can't get to it to power it on; the room it is in is filled with kids shit, brew gear and everything else you can imagine. haha. I'm hoping to get it mounted once I get the sinks in place which should hopefully be this weekend.

Took last night off doing anything. was exhausted. :rockin:
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by mckay75 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:59 am

duh...if I wouldn't have taken the time to read your first post slower...i would have seen that lol

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:00 am

Once I get the unit online I'll see if I can setup a external IP so you can access it and check it out first hand.
I'll just unplug the elements incase they get powered on lol. Don't need those burning up on me. :lol:
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by mcgster » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:58 pm

You've been busy, that is going to be a slick setup. Sinks are going to come in handy!

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by jason.loxton » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:50 pm

Sweet! I've been eyeing the Hosehead units for a while. Looking forward to a review when you get things up to speed. How does the construction feel?

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:25 pm

Feels sturdy. Pop in and check it out once online. Continuation of trim tonight... Think it will look sharp.Image

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:16 pm

Trim done. Room cleaned. Sinks in place. Plumber back Tuesday to finish install.

Moving gear in shortly!!!

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Post by LeafMan66_67 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:26 pm

Keith wrote:Trim done. Room cleaned. Sinks in place. Plumber back Tuesday to finish install.

Moving gear in shortly!!!

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Looking great Keith. Will have to drop by, maybe even make the meeting!

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:22 pm

Ventilation isn't in. But said fuck it and brought in the kettles haha.Image

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:18 pm

mckay75 wrote:Good stuff! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Just reading a bit about your controller...sounds really cool! How's it working for you? I'd like to upgrade my stilldragon one in the future so I can dial my process in a little better...this could be the ticket!
Just powered it in for the first time.
Pretty much plug and play. Connect to Wi-Fi then just connect to a url via web. I setup a static ip on my router to ensure I can find it. Very user friendly. Will dive in further over the next week.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by elreplica » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:35 am

Keith wrote:
mckay75 wrote:Good stuff! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Just reading a bit about your controller...sounds really cool! How's it working for you? I'd like to upgrade my stilldragon one in the future so I can dial my process in a little better...this could be the ticket!
Just powered it in for the first time.
Pretty much plug and play. Connect to Wi-Fi then just connect to a url via web. I setup a static ip on my router to ensure I can find it. Very user friendly. Will dive in further over the next week.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by elreplica » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:36 am

Keith wrote:
mckay75 wrote:Good stuff! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Just reading a bit about your controller...sounds really cool! How's it working for you? I'd like to upgrade my stilldragon one in the future so I can dial my process in a little better...this could be the ticket!
Just powered it in for the first time.
Pretty much plug and play. Connect to Wi-Fi then just connect to a url via web. I setup a static ip on my router to ensure I can find it. Very user friendly. Will dive in further over the next week.

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Holy fvck dude...sounds like what I've been planning...but on steroids!
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

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elreplica wrote:
Keith wrote:
mckay75 wrote:Good stuff! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Just reading a bit about your controller...sounds really cool! How's it working for you? I'd like to upgrade my stilldragon one in the future so I can dial my process in a little better...this could be the ticket!
Just powered it in for the first time.
Pretty much plug and play. Connect to Wi-Fi then just connect to a url via web. I setup a static ip on my router to ensure I can find it. Very user friendly. Will dive in further over the next week.

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Holy fvck dude...sounds like what I've been planning...but on steroids!
Manual, or auto set elements. Can also set ranges for temp drops so they don't constantly cycle. Also pumps are controllable from this unit. Click of a button on and off. Tested from laptop. Ipad and phone.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by mckay75 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:15 am

Oh man...that controller sounds awesome!

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Post by jacinthebox » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:17 am

looking good dude
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:31 am

mckay75 wrote:
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:15 am
Oh man...that controller sounds awesome!
I'll have info from my first live run in a week or 2. Wait and see :) :rockin:
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by MarkPower » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:09 pm

Are you going to run Strangebrew Elsinore or CraftBeerPi on the hosehead controller? Im working on getting a CraftBeerPi controller up and running.

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:13 pm

Elsinore to start. Want to check out craftbeerpi at somepoint

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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by dean2k » Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:14 pm

Man, forget the kettles and tuns. I want those 2 stainless sinks. :banana:
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Re: The Conversion to Electric.

Post by Keith » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:54 pm

Screenshot of the interface from my phone. Showing a few options for the element controls.Image

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