It has been another few (6) months but I wanted to give you guys an update on whats been happening around the farm. Mostly its been shopping which is pretty exciting! So far I’ve picked up a whole host of additional stainless steel fittings, tubing, a sparge arm, pumps and electrical elements for heating the hot liquor tank and the boil kettle. I also spent a lot of time researching different electrical control panel options and ended up settling on a kit from ebrewsupply.com.
I ended up deciding on going with a 50amp 4 element PID control panel. The panel will be able to select between having both elements on in the HLT or the BK and then single element in both vessels in case I decide to do back to back batches and need to heat water in the HLT while maintaining the boil in the BK. The panel will also control the two center inlet chugger pumps. After some shipping delays we have all the pieces and have started wiring up the control panel which has been quite the endeavor so far.
For the time being the plan is to get things setup for finally brewing some beer in the garage and as such we now have a 50amp service ran and will be ready to go when the control panel finally gets finished.
Getting all of the things pulled out and laid out was a task within itself. These pictures are a couple of months old as of finishing this post so I will post another update soon as the wiring is getting close to completion. Some of the customizing that I asked for has made this panel build a little bit more challenging. After several long weekends of my hands deep in wires I have often cursed the decision to not have the panel pre-assembled but I am hoping that this increased knowledge of electrical components and inner workings of my own control panel will be valuable in the future. Stay tuned for some additional control panel updates in the near future!