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Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:53 pm

How many people out there brew electric style? and or hybrid? i know there are a few but i bet there are more that i dont know.

I brew all electric, and have for awhile, its nice brewing indoors.
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby DrPaulsen » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:57 pm

I still brew with an electric HLT. I switched over to a gas BK but am seriously considering going back to electric with the new Blichmann Boil Coil.
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:03 pm

Will let you know how it works when it's up and running. This buying and selling a house has cut into brew time I have a new shiny boiler maker and boil coil I haven't used yet
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:04 pm

Why did you switch back to gas?
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby DrPaulsen » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:34 pm

I bought a new kettle with a whirlpool arm and wanted to play around with it for awhile before punching a hole for an element. I also wasn't convinced it would whirlpool very well with a standard heating element. Having used propane for 18 months, I'm mostly just looking for something more convenient - i.e. natural gas or electric. Gas has a lot of nice features - improved steam management, heating through the entire sparge process, & heating up a cold garage in the winter.
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:31 am

Well for what it's worth. I had pretty good luck with my using the standard element and a kettle the placement of th grub pile was slightly different than expected.
It was off center by worked well
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:32 am

Cold garage is what drove me to electric brewing
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby carrisr » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:42 pm

I'm working on a hybrid system. Electric for hlt/herms and propane for the bk.
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:34 pm

Herms is nice. I took the suggestion of Lee and my stainless counter flow wort chiller is doubling as a Herms coil nor fittings but less holes to drill
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby carrisr » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:17 am

The downside of the CF chiller for HERMS is that you need 2 pumps.
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby czubak » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:36 am

carrisr wrote:The downside of the CF chiller for HERMS is that you need 2 pumps.

Wouldn't you want 2 pumps with a traditional HERMS or a CFC acting as your HERMS? You still want to recirculate the HLT fluid to keep temps more stable?
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby TappedOut » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:50 am

I've seen systems where folks use aquarium air pumps to blow bubbles in the HLT to churn it up. Cheaper than a second pump.
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:19 am

Good point, but you would still need to mix the hlt
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby czubak » Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:49 pm

I have 2 pumps. I am just on the fence about adding automation (propane or NG) or waiting a while to do electric. Either way I think I will go the CFC route for a 2 fer 1 utilization.
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Re: Brewing Electric

Postby bf514921 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:51 pm

I am very happy I did
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