Originally Posted by wottaguy
How many gallons are going to be brewed? Also, as it stands now, I hope your power IN is 20 amps. I would think about gaining more control and a bit of safety by adding an ON/OFF switch (rated for 20 amps) in between the load (element) and the output side of the SSR. We're going to need to know how many gallons you're going to be brewing to comment any further.
The use of (1) 1500W element is fine if you're brewing less than 5 gallons...say 2.5 - 3 gallons...but if you are planning on brewing 5 gallons and above, I would add another GFI'd 20 amp Circuit ...element, outlet, SSR and ON/OFF switch. You can also use a 1750/2000 LWD element instead of the 1500.
PJ's diagrams are top notch and I refer to them often!
Hope this helps....
I will be plugging this into a 20amp gfci outlet.
I intend to do both 5 gallon and 2.5 gallon batches on this system. I will be building a BK with a 2000w lwd element that I will simply plug it into the wall on a separate 20 amp circut with a gfci outlet.
I plan to have an outlet that I plug the element into on the control panel so I can just unplug it when I want the element off. Do you think I still need the switch? how much of a safety issue is it?