HOMEBREW Digest #4730 Wed 02 March 2005

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  Recipe help request ("Grant")
  Re: Electric Brewery ("Todd Snyder")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005 06:06:30 +1100 From: "Grant" <gstott at primus.com.au> Subject: Recipe help request G'day All, It's been a fair while since I last posted but you Guy's & Gal's tend to be pretty helpful to us Aussies so here goes. A friend who spent some time living in the US. has asked if I will attempt to brew a clone of BridgePort IPA. I have the Beer Captured recipe which is:- 10.33 lb. Pale malt 10 oz. 40L crystal malt 1 oz. Chinook 11% AA 60 min. 3/4 oz. East Kent Goldings 15 min. 3/4 oz. Cascade 15 min. 1/2 oz. Crystal 1min. 1/2 oz. Cascade 1min. 1/2 oz. East Kent Goldings 1min. 1/2 oz. Cascade Dry Hop WYeast 1056 For 5 gal. O.G. 1.056 F.G. 1.013 49 IBU 9 SRM Now the help part. Firstly I have never had this beer so does the Beer Captured recipe look like it should come close? Secondly it seems that the only US hops that I can get are cascades so can someone suggest alternatives for Chinook ( I'm thinking bittering being not so important I could use Horizon) & Crystal. Thanks in advance. Grant Stott [9906, 260] AR (statute miles) or [15942.2, 260] AR [Km] Geelong, Victoria. Australia. - -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.300 / Virus Database: 266.5.7 - Release Date: 1/03/05 Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 10:29:58 -0500 From: "Todd Snyder" <tmsnyder at buffalo.edu> Subject: Re: Electric Brewery Mike Sharp added some clarification to my previous post: <1. "And don't be afraid of 220 V, it's actually only 110 V if you accidentally touch a hot wire, just like "regular" power." While the voltage to ground/neutral is nominally 110 v, I hope it's clear that this doesn't make it safe. It only takes 100 milliamperes through the chest to kill you. > Yes, it's true Mike, you could still be killed by one of the legs of a single phase 220VAC circuit. The point I was illustrating is that there is no reason to run elements at 110 instead of 220 in the name of safety. It's not any more dangerous than the stuff you use every day, there's no reason to avoid 220 for 110VAC solutions to problems that don't exist under the following (common sense) conditions: 1) Protect the circuit with a GFI breaker. (got mine on ebay for $50) 2) Ground the kettle <Also, 120volt breakers (single pole, 15 and 20 amp) from some manufacturers use magnetic trips in addition to a thermal trip. That means a Square-D breaker will trip nearly instantly in a fault condition. Bryant also has single pole breakers with magnetic trips. A 2 pole breaker usually does not have this magnetic trip. So a 220V circuit is not as "safe" as a 110V circuit that uses a magnetic trip.> That's why the 220V circuit should be GFI protected, it's the exact same protection as 110V GFI protection. I'm not sure what you're refering to by "magnetic trip" There are plain breakers that trip on overcurrent, I'm assuming they use some sort of thermal trip as you say above. There are 'arc fault' breakers, I'm not sure how they work specifically but I wouldn't use them in this application, somehow they detect arcing and trip on that as well as overcurrent. Then there is GFI, which trips when there is an imbalance in current of something like a few mA and should be used around water. So if any current makes its way to ground it trips within a few milliseconds. Maybe Mike is not aware of it, but they make 220VAC GFI breakers. The application is common for electrically heated hot tubs. These are perfect for brewing, 50A, 220VAC and offer exactly the same protection as a 110V GFI protected circuit. What more could you ask for? I got mine on ebay for $50. <That said, you should never be careless in either case and depend on this to save your butt.> Obviously, and if someone wants to go this route and doesn't know exactly what they are doing they should hire an electrician. <2. "To anyone thinking electric brewing might not be safe, consider all the people out there bathing and showering in water being simultaneously heated by electricity in their hot water tanks! And those are not GFI protected" Remember, an electric hot water heater is grounded. You don't take a bath in the hot water heater, but you might reach into a pail. The purpose of a good ground connection is to ensure that the overcurrent device will open in the event of a fault. In other words, it ensures that there is plenty of fault current available. If you use an electric heater in your converted keg, make sure the keg is well grounded. Note that electrically heated hot tubs have a "current collector" that completely encloses the heating element. This is redundantly grounded (an internal ground through the power line, and an external ground that is also bonded to the motor). This ensures that the fault current path is from the failed heater to the current collector and through the ground back to the panel. You never want to be R1 to ground!> That is true, there would be no extra current collector around the element. But a well grounded kettle should be adequate as a first line of defense with a GFI breaker backing it up. Grounding anything heated by an electric element can't be stressed enough. The tricky thing is that a ground on your kettle is something that you will have to add, there's no ground lug on the element, just the two 'hot' connectors. That's why I also wrote but wasn't quoted by Mike as saying: "making sure everything is grounded. This includes the kettle near the element. " <3. "I bent two of my elements 90 degrees by placing them in a tubing bender, the two legs fit into the bender in the 1/4 and 3/8" slots as close to the threaded end as possible. No need to heat it to bend it, they're made of copper tubing. " Some may be made of copper, others of stainless, and some of inconel. But, yes, they can be bent. How else would the manufacturer get them in that nice U shape? No need to use heat for this! Bending carries the risk of damaging the heater, though. You'd have to bend both legs of a basic U shape at the same time to prevent kinking. Personally, I'd be nervous about bending one leg in a 1/4 die and the other in a 3/8 die. Perhaps you could go back and forth, bending each leg a little at a time. But, yes use a tubing bender! > Sure, they come in all sort of other materials, but I assumed we were dealing with the $25 variety available at everyone's local hardware store. The one's I've seen are copper tubing coated in either a black or silver finish. I never noticed a stainless steel variety at the local Home Depot. The fact that the manufacturer had to have bent it during production was the reason why I tried it myself. Even so I was a little nervous about ruining something I'd just paid $25 for. The reason the essentially 1/4 inch tubing bent ok in the 3/8 inch slot was because the insulation/heat conducting material inside keeps it from kinking. It's probably a moot point, however; it's very unlikely that the people who may want to try this would have such a tubing bender on hand. For that reason Mike is right, you could probably go back and forth bending each of the legs a little at a time with whatever tubing bender you have access to. The point is that for basement brewing I would argue that electric brewing is safer (no fumes or fire hazard), faster, and easier (no gas plumbing, no venting of massive amounts of waste heat and fumes) than brewing with natural gas. Just my opinion after brewing both ways. Todd in Buffalo Return to table of contents
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