After a few weeks of gathering the last few parts, my 120V small batch system is finished…almost. That is the great thing about home brewing, there is always room for improvement. I am very happy with how it turned out and the simplicity of it’s operation. The biggest advantage for me is the use readily available 120V power and the accurate temperature control…an ever important part of successful home brewing.
The last bit of work was the completion of the control box. The center of control box is the Auberin’s PID and RTD temperature sensor. The sensor is a weldless design that was a breeze to install into my 36 quart Bayou Classic stock pot. The system will be used for test batches, small batch BIAB. With the 2000W 120V stainless element it is convenient for use anywhere and heating performance is more than adequate. It quickly heats mash water and then quickly brings the wort to a nice controllable boil. The controller also allows me to use a 120V RIMS tube and pump to recirculate the mash, either in the kettle during a BIAB session or in a cooler mash tun if needed by simply plugging it in instead of the boil element and changing sensors.
One thing I have learned through the control box build is whatever enclosure you choose forget it and go one or two sizes larger. I don’t have huge hands but the 6″X6″X4″ proved to be quite the challenge just assembling it and keeping things tidy. This life lesson will be carried over to the control panel design and build for my two vessel 10 gallon Blichmann Brutus Hybrid system that I’ll be working on this winter.
Meanwhile I’ll be electric brewing!!! Cheers.