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Does an electric heating system for a brewhouse require its own special power grid?


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John Watt from Stout Tanks and Kettles

No.  You just have to be sure you have enough power available to power the brewhouse.  Your electrician can provide a power disconnect that is appropriately sized, and then the brewhouse control panel will be connected to that (also by an electrician).  

Some people find it cost effective to have a separate power feed for the brewhouse, but it is site specific depending on how the power is provided to the building (your power company or electrical contractor can help you figure this out).

Oct 29, 2013

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Brad Perkinson from American Beer Equipment

Using electric heating requires nothing "special", just a substantial amount of power.

We encourage our customers to consider the operating costs of the equipment as well as the initial investment, and electric can be one of the most expensive. The heating option we recommend as the brewhouses get larger would be a steam boiler heated with natural gas. 

(As a rule, we generally don't recommend electric over 5BBLs.)

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Robert Wickland from Glacier Brewing Co.

depends on the service to the building ...for example a normal residence is around a 100 amp service , where as a normal small commercial building could be a 200 amp service . the difference being how many hot water heaters in the building ..offices ect . depending on the size and amperage draw of your equipment you should be fine with any 100 amp breaker box .....now that will greatly depend on your brewery size. hope that helps . as an example there is no possible way a 100 amp service will deal with a 10 bbl brewery . but it may be possible to do a more nano brewery being 5 bbl or less on most common electrical systems , as most common electrical systems have a 3 phase 220 

Sep 15, 2014

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Michael Chaplin from Prettech Canada

"False". When choosing a power source Electric Heating coils are the least reliable. The manufacturer normally only warranties this product for 6 months, you can ask your supplier for an extension.  I think a much cleaner reliable heating source is "Direct Fire" it's much more cost-effective fast, more reliable method to stay up to temp! Please give me a call I've got a team of extremely clever engineers that take pride in saving  my client money it's a free service 
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John Mueller from Bru Gear

Depending on the volume of the brew house you will need to provide the appropriate amount of volts and amps in a circuit to power the brewery, for example a 3BBL brew house will need a 240 volt 200 amps circuit and can also be configured for 3 phase power depending on your site, 3 phase uses less amps but isn't available in all locations. The control panel for the brewery needs to be connected to a single circuit, it takes over the functionality of the breaker box as well as providing the brewery interface for controlling your brewery. An important note is to always use a licensed electrical contractor to ensure you are following local code and have the right electrical set up on site.

Sep 10, 2014

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Kevin Weaver from Brewmation Incorporated

If you do not have enough power in the building a new line can be added at a reasonable cost.  On our systems a new distribution power panel is not required.  The new line can be run to a disconnect and then into our panel.  We have an internal distribution panel as part of our system that also provides the GFCI protection.  If UL certification / listing is required by the inspector, we have that covered as well.

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Greg Unknown from Asia Pacific Packaging

You do not need a special "power grid" but you will need to have enough power coming into the building. We recommend a direct fire as an alternative. It does not require near the electrical power 

Nov 13, 2013

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