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Old 11-15-2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default Successful eKeggle test!

I tested my final version of the ekeggle and it worked great! I used a 5500w element hooked up to a 240v 30A outlet, using the breaker as a switch. It took 7 gallons of 64F water to boil in 30 minutes! I'll probably end up making a HLT too, but with a 110v element.

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Old 11-16-2008, 01:06 AM   #2
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Congrats ! So, I am just a little away from doing this. What did you use for the nut/oring/fitting ?

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Details on the build?

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:43 PM   #4
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Congrats ! So, I am just a little away from doing this. What did you use for the nut/oring/fitting ?
Got the o-ring from Mcmaster (Part # 9396K294) and the SS nut from Grainger. The element is just a standard ultra low density 5500w from Lowes. I'll be trying it out with actual beer sometime next week, or so I hope!
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How about some more pictures?

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Old 11-17-2008, 04:05 PM   #6
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I am going to be doing this soon. I used this on my HLT cooler (thanks to The_Pol) :

5530K23 THREADED LOCKNUT WITH PTFE SEAL, 1" NPT FEMALE,YELLOW ZINC DICHROMATE-PLATED STEEL


It has held 10 gals for two days.

I am debating on welding in a 1" stainless fitting. I will probably do this sometime this week.

What are you using to control the power?

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So far it's just a direct plug to the 30amp outlet. I'm planning on getting some sort of control on it, but for now it'll do, I guess you can call it a proof of concept version...

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Some of the things tht I have heard are
1) 5500w will carmalize if not turned down. 5500 to start a 10gal, then reduce when boiling
2) use a temp controller with a SSR relay + heat sink (this is what all the cool kids are doing)
3) a controller from an old range to control the amount of current.

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