After a BIAB session (and many homebrews) this weekend I have finally decided to dive into electric brewing. The main limiting factor is living in an apartment and the power that is available. Therefore, an interim step between where I am now and what I want with a 240v 30A is needed.
The one goal that I want to keep intact is a system that can easily be upgrading to the ever so popular 5500 watt element with a bottom draining keggle. For the time being, I will be using a 1500 watt element inside my current keggle to maintain mash temperatures during my recirculating biab mash step. This brings up my first question, is this element powerful enough to maintain ~8 gallons @ 170* F?
I forgot to mention that I will still be using my burner for my boil. But I would like to use the element for all things mash related if possible (I might use the burner to get close to strike temps).
If this type of hybrid has been done over and over, my apologies. I have poured over threads and diagrams without finding a situation like this. If not, I will add pics of my setup and turn this into a build thread. Im still working on the circuit drawings, but most of the Auber parts are in transit. Thanks for any insight!