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As of right now this is the diagram I am working with for my electrical system.  Pretty simple as far as these things go but two months ago I wouldn't be able to understand any of this.  And yes, I ghetto rigged this drawing with Microsoft paint.  I know, classy right?  

Anyways, this is pretty basic.  Power comes from a 20 amp 110 volt GCFI outlet in the kitchen through an extension cord with 12 gauge wire.  GCFI means that the outlet is protected and will switch off if something goes wrong and I needed the 12 gauge wire to care the amount of amps required for this. The cord goes into the box where I jump it through the terminal block to wire up everything I need.  There will be two switches and two outlets controlling the power to the pump and the heating element.  The switch to the element is needed so that it won't turn on whenever I plug in the control box which protects against dry firing which would ruin the element.  The switch and outlet for the pump is really just a convenience and I debated including it or just plugging it into the wall but decided it would be handy.  The PID, which is basically the controller of the whole operation, will always be on.  It will relay through the SSR when to turn on the heating element and when to turn it off to maintain mash temperatures and a boil.  The SSR is needed because the PID doesn't actually supply enough power for a heating element so the main power needs to be run through there.  

There may be a few add ons at some point in the future and this diagram leaves room for that.  You can attach an alarm to the PID to tell you when you meet strike temps meaning you can turn it on and walk away to go about your day until you're ready to dough in.  I will probably include some fuses also to protect my electrical equipment.  There may also be a master on/off switch in the future just for an added level of control. 
The Brew Kettle:  Complete with ball valve, RTD temperature probe and water heater element

Brew Kettle
7.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle: 13 ½” high, 123/4” wide: $70

Ball valve and diptube
½” SS Ball Valve: $21
90* ½” SS Elbow for dip tube: $10
Weldless Thermabob Adapter: $9

RTD and attachment
Liquid Tight RTD Sensor: $35
Weldless Thermabob Adapter: $9

Element and Attachments
Camco 1500W Screw in element: $9
1” SS Locknut: $6.5
 Plug: $4
1 ¼” x 1 ¼” rubber coupling: $5.5

Pump and recirculation return
SS Pump: $75½”
SS Locknut: $4
½” SS MPT x ½” Barb: $7
½” Silicone Tubing: $2.99 per foot
 ½” SS Tubing Clamp: $2
 (3) Blichmann Quick Disconnects: $14
Shirron Plate Chiller

Control Box:  Controls mash temp, power to the heating element and the pump

Project Box (really just a plastic storage box): $4|pdp|13487783|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1&lnk=Rec|pdp|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1

PID, SSR, Heatsink
PID: SYL 2352: $45
40A SSR and Heatsink: $12

Switches and outlets
(3) Gardner Bender single pole 20 amp toggle switches: $12
15 Amp Outlet: $3

Extension Cord
12-3, 25’ Extension cord: $21

Wiring Guts
Gardner Bender 22 - 10 AWG 30-Amp 600-Volt 6-Circuit Terminal Block: $6
16 awg wire: $10  (bought a red and black)
An assortment of spade terminals, eye terminals, butt splices, heat shrink, electrical tape and probably a few other things.

1/15/2013 06:30:29 pm

Your going electric, you will never miss the propane. My brew rig is very close to yours but 240v. I too live in MN (New Ulm) got tired of freezing outside. My rig runs off the dryer circuit and have a sink 3ft away for a quick clean up. I have made fermentation box ( for outside) using a pid controller works great in our frozen outdoors. I just keep finding more uses for pids. I think you will need to pulse your element to control your boil. Normally once it hits 200F I switch it to pulse at 30-50% (5500W). Also, wrap the outside of your kettle with foil faced bubble insulation to improve effciency. If you have any questions on the setup I'd be happy to help. Time to check out more of your website.

9/28/2013 03:07:21 am

Great info, thank you.

9/30/2013 07:27:43 am

I debated including it or just plugging it into the wall but decided it would be handy.

10/1/2013 11:10:17 pm

Good post !!An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been conducting a little research on this.

Mike S
1/30/2014 10:28:24 am

I just stumbled on your blog and found your plans for the electric setup. I am thinking about making something similar. Can you share any updates or pictures of the finished product?

1/26/2015 08:35:32 am

Did you ever post pictures of your final setup?

9/10/2016 06:12:37 am

Probably the most comprehensive list on DIY eBIAB on the net! Thanks so much!!!

9/22/2016 06:18:46 am

Hi, thanks, this has been a great help for me in building my 2.5gal BIAB. One question, how did you secure the connections of the heating element on the outside? Did you use some kind of a box? Would you mind sending me a picture of it, or better a link to the box/thing you used to secure it? Thanks!


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