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Old 02-26-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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Default Heatstick wattage/requirements

I need to build a heatstick to assist my electric stove. I usually do 5 gallon batches, but I want to be able to do full boils now. Here is the problem, my new brew kettle isn't completely flat on the bottom so I can't even boil 3 gallons of water on my glass stovetop now (not making good contact with the heating element).
I wanted to build a 1500W heatstick since the only 20A circuit I have in my aparment has my regular fridge and my small kegerator fridge already on it.

So the question is, do you think a 1500W element is enough to boil 6-7 gallons, with some assistance from my stove, or do I build 2000W heatstick and unplug my fridges when I brew?

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Old 02-26-2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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First thing I'd consider is returning your new kettle for one with a flat bottom. Then see how you do and work from that point. It's like tying one hand behind your back at this point.

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Old 02-27-2011, 01:25 AM   #3
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First thing I'd consider is returning your new kettle for one with a flat bottom. Then see how you do and work from that point. It's like tying one hand behind your back at this point.
Well I don't think returning the kettle at this point is an option, how close would a 1500w heatstick get 6-7 gal to a boil
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:53 AM   #4
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You can calculate it here http://gnipsel.com/beer/software/cal...ctric-heat.xls

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I would go with a 2000w, and either find another outlet for the fridge and keezer, or just unplug them for a couple of hours while you brew. Even if the 1500 works, it may be a bit slow. A fridge / keezer can safely be unplugged for a "while" before the contents warms objectionably.

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It took me over an hour to get from tap water to 160 (6Gallons) with a 1500W element. I would not recommend a 1500W. Go 2000W with a dedicated circuit. That may not be an option, which simply means electric brewing is not an option. Or you could just unplug your two refrigerators while the element is running. a Few hours unplugged won't ruin you food. Just remember to plug it back in.

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Old 02-28-2011, 07:18 PM   #7
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Yeah, I think I will just go with the 2000W and unplug the fridges.

Thanks for all the responses

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