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Old 11-06-2012, 01:54 AM   #1
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Is a 1500 W 110v element sufficient to maintain mash temperature? I'm only concerned will the ability to maintain the temp post dough-in. The tube body is 1 1/2" x 8" (not including the tees). I have a 10g system and do not plan to use it for step mashing. Assume a normal mash recirculating rate. I'm currently limited to 15a circuits and want to avoid installing a 20a breaker with new wiring if at all possible.

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Old 11-06-2012, 02:53 AM   #2
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I do it with a 5500w/240v element running at 120v (1375w).

Ten gallon batches in a 20 gallon Blichmann kettle for the mash tun; seems to maintain temps fine.

My RIMS tube is the Brewer's Hardware 1 1/2" tri-clamp one.

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Old 11-06-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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A 1500w 110v element will be fine to hold temps. It helps to stay out of the wind though or at least make sure your mash tun is insulated.

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Does a 1500w element in this setup need to be ULWD element?

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That is preferred. It's for this reason I used a 5500w 240v LWD element at 120v. A ULWD element will reduce the possibility of the wort being scorched.

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input guys. I should be good to go then. I chose to go with the NPT fittings style tube with Camlock hose fittings. My Coleman Extreme should prevent any major heat loss in windy conditions. A LWD element is definitely in order. I also purchased the newer pump from Greatbreweh. There is so much to think through when putting a RIMS system together. Thanks again for sharing your experience.

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