Brew Pot Boil Controller
Our new brew pot controller does not use any form of temperature feedback. None is needed because water boils at a constant temperature of 212F, minus a little depending on your elevation above sea level. Because no temperature feedback is needed we do not need to use a expensive PID temperature controller. Instead, we use a continuously adjustable controller (the adjustment knob) to give you full control of your brew pot element heat setting. Turning your brew pot controller knob clockwise turns your heat up just like turning the knob on a gas stove turns up the flame.
So, what would you use one of these for? It's designed to control a heating element you install into the side of your electric brew pot! But you could use one for just about anything else that needed a adjustable 240V power source.
The controller includes a 6' power cord standard with longer lengths available, plug end and linear boil control & a separate on/off switch that doubles as a 30 Amp incoming breaker. The controller is designed to work with up to a 5500 watt electric heating element but will also control a element as low as 500 watts. Also, this controller is designed for controlling the rate of boil only and does not use temperature feedback.
It is designed for up to a 5500 watt element to boil up to 12 - 15 gallons of wurt with a reasonable time to boil of about 30 minutes. You will need a 240V, 30 Amp circuit (dryer outlet) to run this controller. If desired you can also run a smaller wattage 240V element in your brew pot.
Check out the YouTube video of this brew controller in action!
We bought 5 gallons of water from 65F to full boil in 22 minutes.
It's easy to fine tune your heat to keep a full rolling boil while controlling foam at the same time.
Designed to control your rate of boil - no temperature feedback (none needed for boil)
6' Power cord with 3 prong (older style) or 4 prong (newer style) plug end standard, longer lengths available at a small added cost
3 wire twist-lock outlet with both sides of 240V and safety ground supplied to the outlet
Water resistant all aluminum housing
Full linear control
Separate on/off power switch that doubles as a incoming 30 Amp breaker
Low cost compared to other solutions
Controls up to a 240V, 5500 Watt electric heating element but will also control a element as low as 500 watts
Includes four mounting tabs for mounting on your brew stand or can sit on your counter top
Simple, easy to use design - just plug in and use.
How does this controller work?
Just flip the power on with the power switch mounted on the right side of the controller. Turn the knob all the way to the right for full on, then when you reach boil turn the knob back until your boil is exactly where you want it to be. It's easy to set your power & rate of boil to control foaming & boil over and response time to adjustments is almost instant.
Top view of our brew controller
Right side of our brew controller showing the power switch and right side mounting tabs
Left side of our brew controller showing the left side mounting tabs
240V 30 Amp Twist Lock power outlet for heater element
3 Prong and 4 Prong Incoming Power Options
Note: A 3 prong power plug is only offered so that this controller can be used with a existing older 3 wire dryer outlet. To comply with today's NEC code any new wiring should be 4 wire and you should run a 4 wire circuit to your brew area. Regardless of the incoming power cord, the plug for the element is 3 wire twist-lock 30 Amp outlet with a third ground wire for safety.
Need a boil controller for a still?
Although we don't personally operate a still a friend of mine pointed out that this would make a perfect 240V still boil controller!