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Old 04-15-2008, 01:44 AM   #1
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Has anyone had experience using electric to do your boil instead of propane ?

I think I am going to convert part of the basement, so electric is looking like my boiling option ...

I have read to simply use electric plates/coils, but I cannot see how that would be enough to get a boil for 5 gallons ...

Where cld I get an electric boiler ??

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Old 04-15-2008, 01:59 AM   #2
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Most people simply mount Electric water heater elements directly into their kettles. You'll need 230V to provide enough btu/hr. Search for pics of equipment, there are some really cool automated sculpures out there.

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Old 04-15-2008, 03:52 AM   #3
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Many many ways to go about this, and there all good. Water heater elements can be mounted in kettles, hlt's and even mlt's to heat water or STIRRED grain. Unfortunately you need to research, there really is no "turn key" method. Good luck. I dabble in both propane and electric, and clearly see the merits of electric.

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Old 04-15-2008, 11:40 AM   #4
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Has anyone had experience using electric to do your boil instead of propane ?

I think I am going to convert part of the basement, so electric is looking like my boiling option ...

I have read to simply use electric plates/coils, but I cannot see how that would be enough to get a boil for 5 gallons ...

Where cld I get an electric boiler ??
Here is my setup.



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Old 04-15-2008, 12:54 PM   #5
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That looks great.
Do you have a close up of the mounting of the element?
Is it a 240 V element running at 240V or 110V?
Is it rated as low density? (Any specs?)

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Old 04-15-2008, 03:48 PM   #6
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That looks great.
Do you have a close up of the mounting of the element?
Is it a 240 V element running at 240V or 110V?
Is it rated as low density? (Any specs?)
You can look in my gallery but I dont have any real close shots. What I did was to weld in a 1" coupling and screw the elements in.
Yes they are 240 v extra low density.
here is a link where I bought the elements.

http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/u808634
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WOW - quite a setup. So I assume you do not batch sparge, and there is an electric pump between #2 and #3 ..

I cannot weld, but it looks like some kind of patio furniture .. probably alot stronger..

I am equally impressed with the refridgerator in the background which looks like it has 8 taps !

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I don't want to speak for Kieth, but he does batch sparge, and makes great beer that way. Only 6 taps though, but 6 taps of pure beer goodness!

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I don't want to speak for Kieth, but he does batch sparge, and makes great beer that way. Only 6 taps though, but 6 taps of pure beer goodness!

Thanks! And I keep them taps full 24/7....
And the frame I built myself out of some angle iron I had laying around.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:50 PM   #10
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Keiths,

would you care to share your element controller design (diagram)? Maybe just the basic control for only one element.

Thanks in advance!

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