Electric Brewing: Hole for the element drilled...

That's how things go around here, at a snail's pace...heheh.  Well the 1.25 inch hole is drilled for the 5500 watt element.  Used a step drill bit and a cordless drill on one of my keggles which will become a hot liquor tank of sorts.  Didn't think it was going to cut it, but, with lots of oil I was able to do it in about 20 minutes I guess.

Tune in next year (ha ha) when I mount the element.  At this rate I'll be done in 2020 ;-)

Next up, wiring.  Here are the steps I'm thinking about.

  • Mount 5500 watt element in 1.25 inch hole (1 inch hex nut, high temp o-ring, element, 1.5 inch rubber plumbing connection, PVC cap, 10/3 wire)
  • Wire into a 30 amp double pole toggle switch encased in wet area switchbox.
  • Wire into spa box with GFCI.
  • Wire out more 10/3
  • Add 3 prong dryer plug
I am not an electrician.  This information is provided for discussion purposes only.  Do not try this at home.


Jorge - Brew Beer And Drink It said...

1.25"!!! Geez, I drilled a 7/8" hole on my brew kettle and that was rough...

I used Marvel Mystery Oil as cutting oil, but heard common shortening works better... what did you use?

Adam said...

3 in 1 at first then we resorted to 5W30 motor oil. As I understand it you want the oil to pull away the heat from the metal. Wasn't easy :-/