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Old 12-08-2011, 02:18 PM   #11
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I have a 5500W element in my kettle. It takes 45 minutes to get my strike water up to temp, which is generally ~12-14 gallons. That's the major trade-off going to electric. My 175,000 btu jet burner would get that much water to a rolling boil in like 10 minutes.


EDIT: This is the PWM I use to control my boil.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:02 PM   #12
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I have a 5500W element in my kettle. It takes 45 minutes to get my strike water up to temp, which is generally ~12-14 gallons. That's the major trade-off going to electric. My 175,000 btu jet burner would get that much water to a rolling boil in like 10 minutes.
It's all a trade off. 175,000 BTU is a hell of a lot of power. Roughly equal to 25,000 Watts.

Now... if you had put 4 elements in your kettle.....

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Old 12-08-2011, 04:05 PM   #13
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Well, let's not forget that burning off 175KBTU only puts something like 80k into the liquid. Yes, our gas based systems are really this inefficient. I'm only getting like 33K effective on my HLT. Moving that to a 11KWatt, nearly 100% efficient electric is not much of a tradeoff unless it's January and I'd otherwise appreciate all that blown-by heat.

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Old 12-08-2011, 06:03 PM   #14
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I'll happily take the time trade-off to brew inside. I can go do other things while the water is heating up.

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