I really like this idea. I'm in a similar situation to that of the original poster right now. I live in a relatively small 2nd floor apartment where brewing outside is huge pain. I know I won't be living here forever, so I want a relatively inexpensive and, most importantly, small and simple solution. I have easy access to the 50A range circuit, so my plan is to use a 4500W element. But as mentioned, I need some way to reduce the power once a full boil is reached.
Another enticing option is this:http://www.highgravitybrew.com/Produ...r-306p3084.htm
The price tag seems high at first, but once you start adding up all the parts it seems fair. I know that's a 30A plug, but I could build a little cord with a fuse to adapt it to the 50A outlet.
He also has a more advanced control box that has an interior photo. I've consulted with several electrically minded friends and none of us can figure out what components he's using. There's obviously a small DC circuit with a potentiometer but I can't figure out where the DC voltage is coming from or what actually controls the AC output. Any ideas?http://www.highgravitybrew.com/Produ...l-306p3073.htm