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Old 11-21-2011, 03:08 PM   #11
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So this might not be the best thread for this, but...

I am looking at using a similar element (120V - 2000W) for my new setup. But I am at a loss for finding some sort of controller for this. I just want a simple device to shut off my element once the water gets to its desired temp. I'd prefer to not pay $90 for something that does a lot more than what i need!

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:24 PM   #12
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I've been boiling ~5 gal with the HD 2000W element for a couple years now and have had no issues with scorching, even with big beers...

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Old 11-21-2011, 05:39 PM   #13
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So this might not be the best thread for this, but...

I am looking at using a similar element (120V - 2000W) for my new setup. But I am at a loss for finding some sort of controller for this. I just want a simple device to shut off my element once the water gets to its desired temp. I'd prefer to not pay $90 for something that does a lot more than what i need!
So what are you proposing? A PID costs $40-45. Add an SSR for $9-15. You'll need something to measure the temperature of your mash. Thermocouples are pretty cheap. Then a box to put it all in.

Search around for toolbox controllers. You could probably do it for less than $90, but you'll be hard pressed for that.
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:35 PM   #14
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So this might not be the best thread for this, but...

I am looking at using a similar element (120V - 2000W) for my new setup. But I am at a loss for finding some sort of controller for this. I just want a simple device to shut off my element once the water gets to its desired temp. I'd prefer to not pay $90 for something that does a lot more than what i need!
Or just build a heatstick, and unplug it when the water gets to the temp you want.
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:50 PM   #15
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Or just build a heatstick, and unplug it when the water gets to the temp you want.
I think "controller" was the key word. Of course, manual or automatic was not specified.

I guess jabumbo could be a simple device
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I've been boiling ~5 gal with the HD 2000W element for a couple years now and have had no issues with scorching, even with big beers...
Which element are you using? I want to install two on my bk but am worried about scorching. Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:46 PM   #17
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Just posted in the other thread, might as well drop it here too. $11 120vac Home depot elements work fine. I use two for a good boil but some people don't. Scorching is pretty much busted, I did once dumping DME in, not stirring, and had heaters on. Turned them black but beer was fine.

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Which element are you using? I want to install two on my bk but am worried about scorching. Thanks!
Search for Camco 2000W...
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I think "controller" was the key word. Of course, manual or automatic was not specified.

I guess jabumbo could be a simple device
Dude, your avatar is just plain creepy......
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Dude, your avatar is just plain creepy......
What? Why? What's creepy about a cub scout? I was a scout all through grade school. My son is a Tiger this year and I'm a den leader. I don't get it....
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