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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Testing....1,2,3...
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:48:43 AM »
Thanks! can't wait to get it completely done and get it all chromed out.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:46:49 AM »
Too "hands off" for me. I enjoy brewing more than drinking and I like to have my hands in every aspect. This seems to me to be more of a coffee pot. Put your grounds in, add water and turn it on. Plus, more than brewing, I enjoy building 90% of my equipment.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:41:51 AM »
Still the same thing. You got 110v into the board, and 110v coming out. find them and tie them. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Testing....1,2,3...
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:49:21 PM »
Got the keg converted into a keggle. Still waiting on the SS three piece ball valve to come in. Also have to install the wet switch into the keg, just have it dangling in a shot glass of water right now. And I'm still waiting and my quick connect RTD temp probe to arrive so that can be installed in the keggle. I'm doing a run now to see how long it takes to get 6.5 gallon to a boil.






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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:49:26 PM »
I'd be careful about powering an AC unit with the STC-1000- the STC is rated for lower power applications only.  I'm guessing an AC unit would fry it.  The coldbot was created to handle this application.

Or, you should be able to run the SSR that I linked to with the STC-1000.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:47:38 PM »

For "weazletoe", the internal "t-stat" you mention, is that the cool-side temp. sensor?

Not sure what you mean by "cool side sensor". I'm just making an assumption that you have an a/c with with a mechanical dial like stat. There should be two power wire on it. One hot, going in, and one out that is hot when the stat calls for cooling. cut these two off the stat and nut the together. The A/C should run 24/7 when you do that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Room AC control by-pass
« on: March 14, 2017, 08:59:37 AM »
Any info on the bypass?

Take the leads to the internal t-stat and wire nut them together. This will make it run constant so that you cn turn it on and off with your STC-1000.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Kw's and quantity
« on: March 13, 2017, 07:40:48 PM »
Yeah,  the more math I do on this I think I'll be fine for five gallon batches. Maybe even a hair larger. When I used to do five gallon batches, I actually did 5.5 to have a little extra for sampling along the way. Seems like 1650kw should boil just fine. It will just take a little longer to get there. But avoiding to the numbers I've run, I should be able to get five gallons from mash out temp to boil in about 27 minutes. And I'm okay with that. With that being said, I got stayed on keggle #1 tonight.  8)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Kw's and quantity
« on: March 13, 2017, 12:04:58 PM »
Sorry, should have laid my math out a little better.

Weight of water (8.30#) times the desired temp rise. In my case, I'm figuring 60*. My hot tap is about 125*, so 40* is plenty for strike water. So, 40* times my weight of the water, in this case 33.2 = 1328kw will heat that amount of water in one hour.
 I do have the option of putting in two 1650kw elements. That would speed it up, and give me the ability to do larger volumes. 

 Also, with a submersed element not give me 100% efficiency? Why would you figure 80%?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning corny keg pickup tube
« on: March 13, 2017, 09:40:17 AM »
I always just used to circulate a hot Ozyclean solution through mine.

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Equipment and Software / Kw's and quantity
« on: March 13, 2017, 09:38:48 AM »
  The prpoerty manager of the condo I live in now will not allow me to add a 50amp 220v circuit. So when I built my control panel I designed it for use with 120v 30amp that will be easily convertable to 220v when I either a) buy a place, or b) just go ahead and add the circuit where I am now.
 I planned on doing it in the kitchen with my 4 gallon kettle. I would mash and boil a high og 3.5 gallons of wort then top off to five gallons.
 This weekend, I set about installing the elements in my kettle and ran into two issues I had not taken into account. One is that my IC will sitting on top of the element, thus a large portion will be above the actual wort. And second, with the smaler diameter kettle, I cannot get a good seal where the element goes into the kettle. I have two kegs I am planning on making keggles out of once I have 220v. Due to the 120 v limitations I'm limited on what I can boil. I should be able to comfortable boil 4 four gallons, if my math is correct. (8.3#x4gal=33.2 x40*=1328kw.
 Do you feel that boiling four gallons in a 15.5 gallon keggle will present any problems or should I be all right? Thanks! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 10, 2017, 12:36:59 PM »
Panty Dropper Honey Wheat.

And hopefully get one of the elements installed on one of my kettles.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Metallic
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:16:02 PM »
Guess I got nothing to add. I thought the thread said Metallica.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Gas Solenoid Valves and cheap PID
« on: March 09, 2017, 07:47:17 PM »
These  are the PID's I'm using. Pretty simple to set up and operate once you translate the Chinglish.

https://www.amazon.com/AGPtek-Digital-Temperature-Control-Controller/dp/B00BVWYH5A/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1489114278&sr=8-9&keywords=pid+temp+controller

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