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Re: My setup: TheElectricBrewery.com
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2011, 05:57:19 AM »
Kal,

is it practicle to have a similar system when the volumes get bigger?  For example the Blichmann 55 gal Boilermakers.  Would those require 2 heating element?

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The jury's still out on 1 bbl (31 gallon) batches using the 55 gallon pots. I've had some people say that one 5500W element is enough to boil that amount but I would probably go with two elements (either 4500W or 5500W each). I've never tried it myself. There are a lot of factors involved.

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Re: My setup: TheElectricBrewery.com
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2011, 06:20:32 AM »
Kal's system is suhweet.

I'm putting his system up in my new brewhouse at the end of the year - can't wait!...still working on getting the brewhouse part up  ;) 
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Re: My setup: TheElectricBrewery.com
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2011, 07:53:32 AM »
Wow. That is a really nice setup ya got there.

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Re: My setup: TheElectricBrewery.com
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2011, 03:57:08 PM »
Very nice.... uh, what does the red ALARM do?
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« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2011, 04:19:44 PM »
Very nice.... uh, what does the red ALARM do?
It's an audible and visual alarm that can be used to notify you when:

- Hot liquor has reached strike temperature,
- Mash is complete,
- Mash-out is complete/Hot liquor has reached sparge temperature,
- Wort is nearing boiling temperature,
- Hop additions required,
- Boil is complete
- Wort chill temp reached (for immersion chiller users)

Each PID has an alarm on/off switch as does the timer, so it's flexible as to how you use it.

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Re: My setup: TheElectricBrewery.com
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2011, 04:32:40 PM »
The jury's still out on 1 bbl (31 gallon) batches using the 55 gallon pots. I've had some people say that one 5500W element is enough to boil that amount but I would probably go with two elements (either 4500W or 5500W each). I've never tried it myself. There are a lot of factors involved.

Setting aside all those factors, I think it would be doable, but only barely. We use an 18 kW element for 6 bbl boils, and that's less power than I'd like, but not by a whole lot. I'd say 4-5 kW per barrel of boil volume would be acceptable.

You have me seriously considering putting in a fume hood and maybe going electric at the same time, BTW. It would be nice to be able to brew more than 5 months a year.
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Re: My setup: TheElectricBrewery.com
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2011, 09:20:26 PM »
Dude, the only thing that board is missing are "The" 2 keys:))