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Old 01-10-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
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Default Two 2000w on 120v 50amp Circuit?

I have 50am 120v service in my garage. I brew all grain (single vessel BIAB) so my pre-boil volume is about 7 to 7.5 gallons.

For a variety of reasons I want to switch to electric. I'm aware of the spa panel option but would prefer to stick with 120v service.

Would it be possible to:
1. Run extension to project box with two switched outlet supporting two 2000w elements.
2. Add a third switched outlet to the same box to support a pump.

I plan on firing both elements to get up to boil while running one for mash and rolling boil.

Thanks in advance, you guys are a great resource!

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Yes.



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4000w / 120v = 33.3 amps

33 amps is < 50 amps

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4000w / 120v = 33.3 amps

33 amps is < 50 amps
I run the rig above on two 20amp 120v circuits.
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I'm just curious why you would want to stick with 120v? I'm guessing it's because you only have a black/white/bare cable running out there. It's just that you can get so much more power out of a 240v conversion.

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I'm just curious why you would want to stick with 120v? I'm guessing it's because you only have a black/white/bare cable running out there. It's just that you can get so much more power out of a 240v conversion.
For me, it's just not worth the investment right now. I would have to add a 240v GFCI breaker to the box, add an outlet, redo my keggles to take the 5500watt elements, and add controls (which would mean automation, if I do it, I'll do it right).

Probably at least $200, plus the time. Just to trim 20 to 30 minutes off the brew day.

Frankly, my two 2000watt element, manually controlled rig works fine. For now.

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I'm in the same boat regarding the choice to stick with 120v. This will be an easy/fun/cheap project.

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Homedepot sells the Camco 2000 watt elements. They are probably high density.

Do you think this could cause scorching?

Thanks!

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For me, it's just not worth the investment right now. I would have to add a 240v GFCI breaker to the box, add an outlet, redo my keggles to take the 5500watt elements, and add controls (which would mean automation, if I do it, I'll do it right).

Probably at least $200, plus the time. Just to trim 20 to 30 minutes off the brew day.

Frankly, my two 2000watt element, manually controlled rig works fine. For now.

Do you have a thread that shows the specifics for your build?
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Homedepot sells the Camco 2000 watt elements. They are probably high density.

Do you think this could cause scorching?

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High Density elements scorching wort has been pretty much debunked as a myth. It simply does not seem to happen in the BK.

Now, high density elements will scorch the mash. Grain even sticks to the elements and burns, I have had that happen.
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