A few months ago I stumbled across a great website on the Internet called The Electric Brewery. The site’s owner, Kal, put together a really amazing home brewing system based on electricity. Most home brewing systems that I’ve seen usually involve some type of propane gas burner and a garage or patio to brew on. While that works great, I don’t really have anywhere available to me in my apartment where I can brew using a propane system. Brewing on the top of my stove has worked well enough for me to-date, but it’s a bit awkward with my 10G brew kettle, and also takes a relatively long time to heat up my striking water.
Since I had been considering adding either a RIMS or a HERMS setup to my existing system at around the time I discovered other electric brew systems on the internet, I decided that it would be a great little project to undertake at home.
What Is An Electric Brewing System?
Quite simply it’s a brewing system that uses electricity to heat water instead of gas/propane, usually via a home dryer plug (which supplies 30 amperes usually) or a stove/range plug (which supplies 50 amperes usually). A 30 ampere (amp) system can supply 5500 watts (W) of continuous power to a single heating element, which is enough to bring 55F tap water up to 150F (or roughly strike temperature for a mash) in about 25 minutes, which is fast enough for most home brewers. A 50 amp system using a range/stove plug can knock that down to about 15 minutes. Since my dryer plug is much more accessible to me than my stove/range plug, I decided to build a 30 amp system.
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