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Old 05-15-2012, 02:14 AM   #1
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Is it possible to build an electric HLT with 110?

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:55 AM   #2
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Sure. It'll take a while to heat up even 5 gal of water.

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Use two 2000w elements mounted in the keggle. Works fine for HLT or can boil 12-13 gallons no problem.

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So one person says it will take a while to "heat up" and another says it will boil...... Not exactly corroborating opinions.

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So one person says it will take a while to "heat up" and another says it will boil...... Not exactly corroborating opinions.
I think he was thinking of using one 2000W element.

Is 5500W more power than 4000W? Of course, but will 4000W work pretty well, absolutely. As I said, I think it's about right for a 12 gallon boil.

Been doing 10 gallon batches this way for a few years. Yer fine. you won't be gaining hours on your brew day by having 5500 watts, though of course it would be a bit faster and would require 220V service and something to dial down the boil element.

Certainly for heating 5-9 gallons of strike water to 160 degrees or so, 4000W is fine.

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Old 05-15-2012, 04:29 AM   #6
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I built an 8 gal EHLT with one 2000 Watt element. It gets 6 gal up to stikre temp (180-ish for my set up) from cold filtered tap water in about 45 minutes. If I get busy and forget it will get to a boil in an hour. Takes a little longer than a 220V set up obviously but for me it's about the brewing experience not how I can speed things up.

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I built an 8 gal EHLT with one 2000 Watt element. It gets 6 gal up to stikre temp (180-ish for my set up) from cold filtered tap water in about 45 minutes. If I get busy and forget it will get to a boil in an hour. Takes a little longer than a 220V set up obviously but for me it's about the brewing experience not how I can speed things up.
It's hard to see the need for more heating capacity in the HLT. Once you have your calculations done you can start the strike water, then crush some grain or do some other cleaning or setup. Going from 170 to a boil also doesn't take massive amounts of time.

I think the 220V setup is more elegant, but 110V works just fine and doesn't slow you down that much.
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One problem you might encounter with a 1200 to 2000watt element powered HLT, is if you plan on putting a heat exchange coil into the HLT and use it as a HERMs. If after you fill your MLT with the strike water and need to refill your HLT to cover the coil, and re heat your water. The time it takes to get you HLT back up to temp might cause some problems.

I used a 120VAC HLT with a single infusion system for a long time, it worked great I just needed to give it 45 to 75min to get up to temp depending on batch size. I complimented this system with a small heat exchange vessel (1gallon cooler with a coil and a 1500watt element in it) for recirculation and doing step mashes.

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Do you have pics of the cooler unit?

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/my-c...d-herms-45459/

The little red cooler is the heat exchanger, I can take some better pictures when I get home. I pulled it out of the attic the other day so I have acces to it in the garage. Im thinking of repurposing it as a glycol chiller.
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