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Title: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on June 16, 2016, 09:43:40 PM
i am about to order parts to make my control panel any suggestions on parts i know i need a pid, ssr and heat sink, temperature control probe,on off switch, led indicator lights.
I am looking to control 1 element no pumps just very basic.  :cheers:
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on June 17, 2016, 09:59:17 AM
That's the route I took. Except for the lights thats the same set-up I use all in an 88 project box.
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on June 17, 2016, 12:06:46 PM
Oh and don't forget the GFCI...
You can get a spa panel with GFCI quite reasonably and its not hard to wire up.
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on June 17, 2016, 12:15:58 PM
Ya I am going to power the spa panel from my dryer

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Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on June 17, 2016, 12:25:23 PM
Any suggestion on brand of pid Roger

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Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on June 17, 2016, 12:37:29 PM
I'd only use Auber Instruments for your components. I ended up spending more than I needed to just because I tryed to save a couple bucks on components just to turn around and buy it again from Auber. So do yourself a favor and get the good stuff to begin with.
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: nagirroc on June 20, 2016, 11:44:03 AM
I'd only use Auber Instruments for your components. I ended up spending more than I needed to just because I tryed to save a couple bucks on components just to turn around and buy it again from Auber. So do yourself a favor and get the good stuff to begin with.

I had some issues with my temperature control and their tech support had me some new controller values after a bit of questioning. Worked great ever since.
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on June 20, 2016, 02:52:48 PM
I'd only use Auber Instruments for your components. I ended up spending more than I needed to just because I tryed to save a couple bucks on components just to turn around and buy it again from Auber. So do yourself a favor and get the good stuff to begin with.

I had some issues with my temperature control and their tech support had me some new controller values after a bit of questioning. Worked great ever since.
Yea they have great customer service.
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on June 20, 2016, 04:21:54 PM
Ended up finding an inkbird one that's what I ordered

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Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on June 21, 2016, 05:18:46 PM
Interesting... Can it power the elements? Most people use 4500W-5500W elements.
Are you using it for fermentation control or boiling?
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on June 21, 2016, 06:39:18 PM
Interesting... Can it power the elements? Most people use 4500W-5500W elements.

was just the inkbird pid and got the ssr its good for the 240v 30 amp i am thinking a 4500W element will be the next order. once i get all the pieces than i will have to get the spa panel
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on June 21, 2016, 07:51:58 PM
Oh! Ok I thought you meant one of these https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Itc-308-Temperature-Controller-Thermostat/dp/B011296704
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on June 21, 2016, 08:39:59 PM
Oh! Ok I thought you meant one of these https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Itc-308-Temperature-Controller-Thermostat/dp/B011296704
Nope lol can't wait for the stuff to come to wire it up and make me want to but the other pieces to the set up.. small orders the wife will never know what I buy haha...

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Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on June 24, 2016, 05:15:32 PM
Pid ssr temp probe and heat sink came in now I need the on off switch

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Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on December 23, 2016, 01:16:58 PM
well i have finally started to assemble my whole electric setup i should be brewing on it with in the first 2 weeks of January
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Alain2 on December 23, 2016, 04:48:42 PM
well i have finally started to assemble my whole electric setup i should be brewing on it with in the first 2 weeks of January

Show me a picture or I don't believe you.  :wavebeer:
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on December 23, 2016, 05:36:43 PM
well i have finally started to assemble my whole electric setup i should be brewing on it with in the first 2 weeks of January

Show me a picture or I don't believe you.  :wavebeer:

is this proof enough haha the electrical panel is wired up now i am working on the wiring of the PID and SSR
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on December 23, 2016, 07:04:00 PM
Nice! Love the pelican case...
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on December 23, 2016, 10:48:00 PM
Nice! Love the pelican case...
thanks i had one just sitting around too small for anything haha.. oh and i hooked it up to 110 just to make sure i wired it right
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on January 11, 2017, 08:10:13 PM
all ready to do my first electric brew this weekend kettle has the element installed, wired up and leak tested ya no leaks
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: Roger on January 11, 2017, 09:29:42 PM
Everything looks great man. The only criticism I have is the electrical box on the outside of the pot. From a safety standpoint it's not water tight. I use these http://m.homedepot.com/p/Greenfield-1-Gang-Weatherproof-Electrical-Outlet-Box-with-Three-1-2-in-Holes-White-B23WS/202188612
If you have a boil over or spill a bit of water on the box it could very likely short out.
Check out this site for a detailed description on how to build the element assembly. http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/heating-elements?page=5
Good luck man!
 :cheers:
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on January 11, 2017, 09:56:26 PM
Thanks Roger
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on January 13, 2017, 12:19:30 PM
Everything looks great man. The only criticism I have is the electrical box on the outside of the pot. From a safety standpoint it's not water tight. I use these http://m.homedepot.com/p/Greenfield-1-Gang-Weatherproof-Electrical-Outlet-Box-with-Three-1-2-in-Holes-White-B23WS/202188612
If you have a boil over or spill a bit of water on the box it could very likely short out.
Check out this site for a detailed description on how to build the element assembly. http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/heating-elements?page=5
Good luck man!
 :cheers:
  took your advice and got the other box for it thank you I was not thinking about a boil over thank you better safe than sorry
Title: Re: brew control panel build
Post by: mikegraham on January 14, 2017, 09:15:11 PM
finally my first electric brew i have to make a brew bench next than make my next electric kettle.